NEWS FROM 2008

12/31/2008
 

OPEN INDOOR MEETS FOR NEW YEAR
December 31

Five track meets are set for beginning of January to get your indoor season going. Saturday, the Boston U All-comers meets have sections for all abilities in the 3000 / 400 / mile / 200 / 800. Races begin at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday afternoon at 5pm, the RCC Tiger Invite, a more complete meet with field events, runs at the Reggie Lewis Center. Again, all abilities welcome. Register at DirectAthletics.com.

A new field-event-only meet is set for Holy Cross College in Worcester on Tuesday, January 6; events include the PV, LJ, TJ, WT, and SP. 4PM start, open and masters invited.

Finally, the Needham TC Youth Invite takes place at the Reggie Lewis Center on Sunday, January 11. It's for ages 5-16, with a pretty complete schedule. See NeedhamTrack.org.

And, the 40th annual Dartmouth Relays spans Jan 9-11; most events are closed at this time, but masters can still enter their events on Friday 1/9; details are at lancertiming.com.

More details can be found at www.usatfne.org/track/.

 

VAITONES MEASURES UP FOR IAAF
December 31

USATF-NE Managing Director Steve Vaitones was named an IAAF Level B Road Race Course Measurer. He joins New Englanders Ray Nelson and Justin Kuo among the 50 measurers in the United States at either the B or A level. There are just 15 measurers with an "A" level in the USA, Jim Gerweck (CT, A) and David Katz (NY, A) being the only two A's in NE/NY. (Wayne Nicoll of New Hampshire, now retired from measuring courses, is an Emeritus A.) Worldwide, there are just 65 A and 111 B measurers.

 

GRANITE STATE FLASH NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS
December 12, Mechanicsville VA

One team champion and three other team medalists highlighted the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship in Virginia on Saturday. Led by Jack CollopyGranite State Flash scored a convincing win in the Youth Boys (age 13-14) race. Collopy, fifth overall, was the highest finishing New England association athlete on the day.

Two other teams earned silver medals in the ten age group races. Waltham Track Club Midget Girls (age 11-12, Olja Rapaic 19) and Nitehawks Sports ClubMidget Boys (Max Lachance, 13) matched that place in their respective races. Final team medal winners were the Nashual PAL (Conor Canfield, 14) third in the Bantam Boys (age 10 and Under) race. Team RUN just missed a podium appearance in the Youth Girls race. In their first appearance at Nationals, they tied for third on points, but were edged on the tie-breaker (team with best fifth runner). With a number of other top 10 placings, it was the best JO showing for local clubs in a number of years.

14 runners finished in the top 25, earning "all American" honors.

Full results can be found at the USATF Website.

 

DONOGHUE TAKES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
LOCAL TEAMS PLACE TOP 3

December 13, Spokane WA

Rebecca Donoghue (New Balance Boston) battled strong fields and brutal conditions to win the USA Fall National / Club Cross Country Championships at Spokane, Washington on Saturday. An overnight snowstorm created a rough course, and while the air was clear by race time, decreasing temperatures and gale force winds made it the toughest race ever run for much of the field. Donoghue, an Olympic Trials qualifier at 5000 meters who also placed well in both the USA 5K and 10K road championships this fall, won her first ever USA Championship by 8 seconds in 21:38; teammate Jenn Donovan, NE Champ, was fifth as only five runners broke 21:00 for the 6K circuit. The pair, plus Erin Dromgoole in 6th, led New Balance Boston to a repeat their runner-up spot, this time behind Boulder Running Company (69-100) with three time US champion Boston Athletic Association, led by Kasie Enman (9), third at 128. Also placing in the 21 team field was the Greater Boston TC (13, Sara Donahue, 34th).

Men's teams were represented by Greater Boston TC, 30th among 40 clubs, with top local individuals Justin Lutz (43) and Mark Miller (55) among 314 finishers.
Masters races had a local flavor with Greater Lowell RR teammates Patty Foltz and division runner of the year Bill Dixon taking the age 60+ wins. Maine's Bob Winn topped the 50+ division in his first race in that age group (with John Barbour of GLRR 6th). NE champ Dan Franek (Dirigo RC) raced in second in the M40 division, heading up a 4th place finish for the club among 18 scorers.

Full results can be found at the USATF Website.

 

FOOTLOCKER FINALISTS RUN WELL
LOCAL CONNECTIONS IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

December 13, San Diego CA

Five New Englanders ran solid races in the 30th annual Footlocker Scholastic Cross Country Championship in San Diego on Saturday.

The Girls Race featured three past champions, ensuring an honest pace and keen competition. Down to the final quarter mile, the race was true to form as all three past winners were in the mix. A kick by 2006 winner Jordan Hasay of California carried her to the lead in the final 100 meters and to the win, only the sixth runner to win two titles in this feature event (two are from New England). Three time qualifier Emily Jones (Bromfield, Harvard MA) closed her high school XC career with a thirteenth place finish, with Mass. Division I champ Kristin Kasper (North Andover) 31st.

Boys race was dominated by Virginia's Solomon Haile, who was unchallenged afer a mile, with Alaska's first FL finalist, Trevor Dunbar second (check out his snowstorm mile time trial in YouTube video). Top New Englander Mike Moverman (North Easton MA) in 17th, was followed by Andrew Springer (Westerly RI, 24th) and Phil Galebach (Medford MA, 32nd), all running well in the elite 40 runner field.

Detailed stories and full results are, as usual, at dyestat.com, and at footlockercc.com (with some video.)

For those interested in the meet's history, a listing of all Footlocker finalists from New England can be found at usatfne.org/cross.

In international racing over the weekend, Ireland's Mary Cullen, runaway winner this fall in both the Mayor's Cup and NE Championships, placed fourth at the European Championships in Brussels Belgium. Currently training in Providence, the meet found several other placers with RI connections representing the Emerals Isle; PC grad Martin Fagan paced the Open Men in 24th, and Providence resident Mark Carroll was 42nd. Providence College runner David McCarthy was tops in green in the Under-23 race, 24th, with teammate Richard Yeates in 33rd. Also representing Ireland was BU grad Rosemary Ryan in the women's open, 41st.

 

Laurie Boemker receieved the Presidents award at the 2008 USATF Annual Meeting.
Laurie Boemker receieved the Presidents award at the 2008 USATF Annual Meeting.
Photo: Justin Kuo

ATHLETES HONORED AT USATF ANNUAL MEETING
December 2-7, Reno NV

A steady stream of New England states representative were announced for their athletic endeavors and contributions at the USATF convention awards presentation breakfast.

In the high performance division, Olympian Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) was the Ron Zinn award winner as outstanding Female Race Walker for 2009, with Theron Kissinger (Waterbury VT, CTRW) the RW Grand Prix winner.

Most awards came back to the region from the Masters Long Distance Running Committee. The Masters Performers of the Year were Maine's Joan Samuelson and Utah's Dennis Simonaitis whose NE connections are many - graduate of Xaverian Brothers HS (Westwood MA), UMass-Lowell, and the HFC Striders. Tops in Age Divisions included Samuelson (50-54) for women, and Simonaitis (45-49), Norm Larson (50-54, VT / Green Mt.AA), Bill Dixon (60-64, Brattleboro VT / Gr.Lowell Roadrunners), Bill Riley (70-74, Marstons Mills MA / Cape Cod AC) for men.

Masters Track & Field recognized several Athletes of the Year in two broad age divisions. Included among Men age 60+ was Bob Matteson (Bennington VT, age 90-94), while fellow Vermonter Barbara Jordan (South Burlington VT) was one of just six women in the same age division given notice.

The Masters T&F Hall of Fame elected Roger Pierce, age 64 of Essex, MA. Roger's accomplishments include more than 20 individual first place titles in U.S. Masters Championships and 12 medals (8 of them golds) at the outdoor World Masters Athletic Championships, including 2 golds and a silver in the 400 - his best individual event. He also medalled in the WMA Indoor Champs at Linz, Austria in 2006, winning both a silver medal in the M60 400 and a gold medal on the world-record setting M60 4 x 200 relay there.

New Englanders were also among Contributors brought to the front of the meeting. The H. Browning Ross Merit Award for lifelong service to Men's Long Distance Running went to Bob Sevene, Waltham MA native and coach for several NE clubs, colleges , and world class athletes over four decades who now resides (and coaches) in California. The Scott Hamilton Memorial Award for LDR contributions on the local association level went to Richard Bolt, past NE Mountain/Ultra/Trail chair who started similar programs after moving to Oregon three years ago.

On the Women's Long Distance Running side, the Contributor of the Year Award, named for our own late Marja Bakker, was presented to BAA past president and board member Frank Porter for his work with the Women's Olympic Marathon Trials.

Officials chair Laurie Boemkerand husband (and USATF-NE past president) Ron Boemker were recipients of the Officials' Committee John Davis Award for community activities and leadership in addition to officiating. Laurie was also called up for one of a dozen President's Awards for her long term contributions to USATF.

Three NE delegates were elected or appointed to key committee positions. Gary Snyder (Gr.Boston TC/Boston MA) was re-elected as chairman of the Masters Track & Field Committee, which oversees activities in that discipline, and will be involved as the World Masters Championships comes to the US (Sacramento CA) in 2011. Kathy Nary (Newbury MA) will serve as vice-chair of Women's Long Distance (Road) Running for the next four years and Steve Vaitones (Waltham MA) will have the equivalent position in the Race Walking Committee. Steve was also re-appointed to USATF's Rules Committee.

Find the full awards lists at www.usatf.org

 

USATF SETS COURSE AT ANNUAL MEETINGS
December 2-7, Reno NV

USA Track & Field began the new Olympiad with elections, restructuring, and positive words at the federation's 28th Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada last week. The New England association had 15 elected delegates and several additional representatives at the sessions that covered all aspects and age groups of the competitive and administrative aspects of the sport.

Restructuring of the top level of the organization passed overwhelmingly in the first general session; it will reduce the National board of directors from 31 to 15, and while some groups lose a direct representative, they will at minimum share a spot at the table.

National Director Doug Logan, noted in his first address to the body how this "remodeling" of the organization's house will lead to more work toward the organization's common goals and to less fragmentation. On the job since July, Logan's keynote address in Sunday's closing session was well presented and well received. While commenting on the elite needs of the sport, he also noted the needs at the base level including uniform standards, statistics and rankings, increased safety and proficiency in the management of events, application of newer technologies and creating more compelling reasons for more in the sport to be members of USATF. You can read his complete address here.

National championships in most sports committees were awarded through 2010 (and some beyond that), with several continuing in or returning the New England venues. Find meeting summaries and full awards lists at www.usatf.org

 

SCHOLASTIC RUNNERS PLACE AT NIKE XC NATIONALS
Portland OR, December 6

Two Massachusetts team had creditable finishes in the Nike Cross Nationals December 6 final in Portland OR. Yet again, positions switched between friendly league rivals as Newton Centre Athletics (Newton South), led by Kelsey Karys (37th), placed sixth (204 points) in the 22 team field, with Mercury TC (Lincoln Sudbury) twelfth; MTC top individual was Andrea Keklak in 67th. Manlius NY was a solid winner with 66 points. Individual Abby Levene (Phillips Andover) placed 57th.

The boys' race was won by North Spokane (WA) with Danbury CT 21st; Francis Hernandez (Nashua NH, 63rd) and Aaron Watanabe (Norwich VT, 90th) raced the final, which saw the top 72 cross the finish line within a minute of each other.

Results and stories are at Dyestat.com.

 

OFFICE CLOSED DECEMBER 2-7
December 1

The New England office will be closed Tuesday December 2 through Sunday, December 7, as the staff and several board members will be attending the USATF National Annual Meetings in Reno Nevada. Attempts will be made to respond to email, though phone calls will not be returned til Monday. Follow the news of the convention at www.usatf.org .

 

SCHOLASTIC RUNNERS ADVANCE AT NATIONAL QUALIFIERS
New York, November 29

The two major post-season events for high schoolers held their qualifying races on Saturday, and both finals will have strong representation from New England.
The Nike Cross Nationals in Wappingers Falls NY hosted runners from 8 states bid to fill just 2 team and 5 indiviual spots for the December 6 final in Portland OR. Massachusetts teams led the charge in the girls race, as a season long rivalry added to the battle. Mercury TC (Lincoln-Sudbury) turned the tables on Newton Centre Athletics (Newton South) from state championships with a 3 point margin, but the important result was that both sevens will head to Oregon as the 1-2 places. Mercury had a 63-66 edge over NCA, as all but one of the scorers from both were in the top 20; Glastonbury CT (93) and Phillips Andover (119) are in the running for an at-large berth. Overall winner was Kelsey Karys (Newton MA), and Heidi Caldwell (3, Lyme NH) and Abby Levene (4, Phillips Andover) advance as individuals.

New Jersey teams swept the boys races with Danbury CT 4th and Bishop Guertin (NH) Cardinals seventh. A pair of locals will head west as individuals; Aaron Watanabe (5, Norwich VT) and Francis Hernandez (7, BGuertin NH) made the cut among the top 5 non-advancing-team finishers.

At the same time further south in the Empire State, the long running Footlocker XC Championship Regional qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park, New York - the "individual" championships - found two Bay Staters were among the ten girls advancing to the December 13 final in San Diego. Massachusetts Division II state champ Emily Jones (Harvard MA) made her third straight Footlocker final, winning the race in 17:31, the fastest time in the Northeast qualifier since before 1999. Joining her will be MA Divison I winner Kristin Kasper (North Andover), who finished seventh in 18:10.

The boys' race did one better with three qualifiers from the NE association; Andrew Springer (Westerly RI, 4th, 15:39), Michael Moverman (North Easton MA 6th, 15:48), and Philip Galebach (Medford MA, 7th, 15:49).

Full results and detailed stories on both meets can be found at Dyestat.com.

 

YOUTH QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC
November 24

Jack Collopy (Granite State Flash) has won both the NE and Region I Youth Boys races
Jack Collopy (Granite State Flash) has won both the NE and Region I Youth Boys races
The t-shirts say it all for Team Run - National Qualifier. The club placed 2nd and advances to Nationals in their first year at JO.
The t-shirts say it all for Team Run - National Qualifier. The club placed 2nd and advances to Nationals in their first year at JO.

New England Association runners dominated the team results at the Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country championships on Sunday in New York City, and will be line up with qualifiers from around the country at the National JO Meet in two weeks.

The top 3 teams, and other individuals finishing in the top 20 qualified for the Nationals on December 13 in Virginia. New England runners again made up the largest percentage of all fields in the 10 races contested against the five other associations of Region I.

Cool temperatures and light winds made for good racing weather at the fabled Van Cortlandt Park course, where ten races in five age groups were contested. Two of the day's individual winners were from New England. Jack Collopy won the Youth Boys race, and not only led his Granite State Flash A Youth Boys (born 1994-95) team to a strong win, but the Flash B team raced to second, and thus will have two squads in the Nationals. Haley Gray of Vermont was the gold medalist in the Young Women's (born 1990-91) race.
Top three finishes were recorded by nine New England runners beyond the two winners. Conor Canfield (PAL, BB), Molly McCabe (GateCity, MG), Emma Hulburd(YW), and Mitch Leveille (SentinelStr, YM) were silver medalists, and Brendan Kennedy (GSF,BB), Madeline Berkson (ProvC, MG), Kaitlin McGahie (CMS, IG), Kelly Halligan (IG), Caroline Capuano (SS, YW) won bronze.

The Midget Girls (born 1996-97) race was a New England team sweep, as Waltham TC (MA), Gate City Striders (NH), and Sentinel Striders (RI) went 1-2-3, with six more New Englanders going as individuals in that group. NE's Nitehawks Sports Club (MA) dominated the challenging Midget Boys race, and Nashua PAL's Bantam Boys (born 1998+) scored the fourth team win for the association. Granite State Flash will have five teams heading south, with PAL and Sentinels both with three teams. The final squad in Virginia will be Team RUN, placing third in the Youth Girls in their first appearance in the JO program. In total, New England will represent with 15 of the 27 teams from Region I heading to Nationals.

The full results, along with results from other Regions, are available on the National site, and info on National meet is at the USATF JO Page.

 

MIDDLEBURY WOMEN WIN NCAA D-3 NATIONALS
COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTESTED OVER WEEKEND

November 22-24

Topped by a Divsion III win by Middlebury, local colleges were well represented at the three NCAA Division Cross Country Championships held on November 22 and 24.

Divison III action was centered in Hanover Indiana, where the Vermont scored the school's fifth XC title. Led by senior Alexandra Krieg (via Wellesley MA HS) in sixth, they were the first of five New England schools in the results. Williams made the awards podium as well placing third, with M.I.T. 10th in their first ever trip to Nationals. Colby (17th) and Amherst (28th) were in the 32 team field. New England qualifying race winner Elise Tropiano of Amherst was the individual silver medalist.

In the men's race, the men from Purple Valley matched their women's team placing of third behind Cortland (NY) State; they were led by NE qualifier winner Edgar Kosgey (Eldoret Kenya) in 10th. Trinity (CT) was seventh, with Brandeis (20th) and Amherst (24th) also in the chase.

Division II racing was at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, where Adams State (Colorado) swept the team wins. The Northeast Region team reps in both races were U.Mass-Lowell and Stonehill. Top locals were UML senior Ruben Sanca in 45th, and Bentley University senior Melissa Nash (63rd). Men's team placings found Lowell 13th and Stonehill 19th, while the women's teams reversed order, with the SkyHawks 21st and the RiverHawks 22nd among 24 teams.

Monday, the Division I titles were on the line at Indiana State University, and the top ranked teams going in held true to form, as Washington's women and Oregon's men took the top step on the podium. Vermont's Andrew Wheating was 7th man (75th overall) for Oregon. Deeper in the men's race, Providence was the sole NE men's team in 20th spot, as sophomore David McCarthy led the way in 19th overall. Women's rankings had two NE squads, Providence, fronted by Danette Doetzel in 31st in a creditable 13th place, and Boston College in 27th in the 32 school field. First local finisher across the line was Andrea Walkonen of Boston University in 21st.

A number of other six-state high school products were competitor for squads making the big show, and full results for all three division races are at ncaachampionships.com .

 

DIVISION III RUNNERS, COACHES RECEIVE HONORS
November 19

The winning individuals and coaches of the top teams at last weekend's NCAA Division III national qualifying meet at Williams are among a select group receiving Regional Athlete and Coach of the Year Awards from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today.

Men's race winner Edgar Kosgey (Williams) and women's victor Elise Tropiano (Amherst) were runaway champions who led their teams to a spot on the starting line in this coming weekend's NCAA DIII championships.

Coaches of the top teams received regional honors as well, with Pete Farwell completing a Williams sweep of the men's awards, and Terry Aldrich, the coach of Middlebury's top-ranked women's team. Williams' men have had two wins and nine top-10 finishes since 1994 under Farwell's tutelage, while Aldrich hopes to bring home Middlebury's fifth national title Saturday in Hanover IN.

 

Junior Olympic XC Midget Girl's winner Molly McCabe (photo Bill Spencer)
Junior Olympic XC Midget Girl's winner Molly McCabe
(photo: Bill Spencer)

LARGE FIELD RACES JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY
November 16, Burrillville RI

The USATF NE Junior Olympics raced at the Burrillville Middle School in Rhode Island for the first time, and the largest number of entries in several years - 550 - ran competitive races to secure spots for next week's Region I meet.

The midget girls race was a tight battle and may well be a preview of how the Nationals (December 13 in Virginia) will look at the front, as GCS Triad responded to the challenge of several other clubs to win. Granite State Flash scored a perfect 15 to win the Youth boys division, and qualified their B team as well; 6 total Flash squads will race regionals. Nitehawks Sports Club was almost as good, scoring 17 in the midget boys. Other clubs winning team titles included Nashua PAL and the host Sentinel Striders.

The full results may be enjoyed at the NE cross country page. The top 3 teams and individuals in the top 20 at Region I Van Cortlandt Park in New York on November 23 qualify for the Nationals.

 

2009 GRAND PRIX SERIES SELECTED
November 10, 2008, Waltham MA

One new event, several repeat races, and a pair of returnees will highlight the 2009 USATF-New England Grand Prix series. The seven Road Race Championships composing the coming year's series were selected Monday evening at Brandeis University.
Thirteen races were whittled down to the selected seven through a number of close votes. The Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester MA will be a first time championship, and the Bedford Rotary 12K and DH Jones 10 Mile both return after a few years out of the circuit. The events covers three of the association's 4 states (no bids from Vermont races) and for the most part, do not conflict with other USATF-NE series or championship events.

The 2009 schedule:
Feb 22 - DH Jones 10 Mile, Amherst MA
Mar 15 - New Bedford Half-Marathon, New Bedford MA
May 16 - Bedford Rotary 12K, Bedford NH
June 7 - Rhody 5K, Lincoln RI
Sept 12 - Ollie 5 Mile, South Boston MA
Sept 20 - Lone Gull 10K, Gloucester MA
Oct 18 - Bay State Marathon, Lowell MA

Congratulations to those races, and thanks to those others who submitted bids.
Final results of 2008 are posted on the GP Page

 

WYKES, CULLEN FIELDS AT
USATF-NE CROSS COUNTRY

November 9, Franklin Park

Providence college grads and internationalists Mary Cullen and Dylan Wykes put on one-runner shows in winning the USATF-New England cross country championship races at Franklin Park on Sunday.

Irish ace Cullen, training in Providence and who had set a new Franklin Park 5K course record at the Mayor's Cup 2 weeks ago, again ran from the front and recorded the third fastest 6K time ever - 19:39 - in winning her third NE race. Her previous golds were in 2005 and 2006, the latter being the old CR of 19:48. Joan Nesbitt set the circuit standard at 19:15 at the 1995 USA Nationals.

Wykes, who ran for the BAA for several years after college before returning to his native Canada, dominate the men's race passing the 8K mark in a time that would have been in the money at the Mayor's Cup, and continued on to clock 30:04 for the 10K contest the fastest on the course since Keith Kelly's win in 2003.

Jenn Donovan (New Balance Boston) and Harry Norton (Lynx Elite) copped the New England titles; it was the first NE championship of any type for both harriers. Donovan's win and teammate Rolland Lavallee's 3rd place in the men's summaries led their club to a pair of second place finishes behind the B.A.A. (37-40 for women, 33-59 for men).

Ageless Joan Samuelson ventured south from Maine to run the course her two children had races at the NE college championships in October, and proved that she could still run varsity for just about every college in the 6 state region as the 52 year old placed 11th overall in the open/masters women's race in 21:56. Tops among 40-49 was Christine Reaser (Dirigo), with Patty Foltz (GLRR) and Marlenna Yannetti (CSU) took 60+ and 70+ titles, respetively. Liberty AC swept the 40+, 50+, and 60+ team titles.

Masters Men ran a separate 8K contest, with Dan Franek (Dirigo) fastest over the four loops in 26:. Led by Mike Nahom and Kent Lemme in second and third, Greater Springfield Harriers held off the Dirigo group 37-44 for the 40+ plaque. Greater Lowell beat Green Mountain 21-35 in the 50+ scoring, and GCS Triad was the sole 60+ team, and hence the winners.

Full results are at the XC page.

 

U.MASS-LOWELL, STONEHILL PACE NCAA QUALIFIER
November 9, Franklin Park

The NCAA Division II National Qualifier for the Northeast Region followed the New England Championships, and the competition was just as spirited as the earlier races. Meet host U.Mass-Lowell and state rival Stonehill repeated as the two team qualifying spots for the national meet at Slippery Rock State (PA) in two weeks; the scores were 43-54 for the men, and 46-56 for the women.

The winning Riverhawks also had the race winners; Ruben Sanca ran to a convincing win in the men's race in 30:31, as his time would have been second in the earlier NE championship race, while teammate Christina DaLomba broke the field in the final mile to lead the women's race.

 

SCHOLASTIC XC CHAMPS CROWNED
November 7

The New England HS championships took to the challenging traditional Derryfield Park course in Manchester NH. Mark Feigen (East Greenwich RI) pulled a mild upset over state champ and Brown Invite champ Andrew Westerly (Westerly RI) fo the individual gold, while Danbury CT, Amity CT, and Hanover NH went a close 1-2-3 in 129-137-143. Talk about a high densiity finish; 200 runners finished between 16:00 and 17:59!

The girls race was headed by soph Abbey Leonardi (Kennebunk ME) with Glastonbury CT, outdistancing Hanover NH and LaSalle RI 8-150-188 among the teams . Results are at lancertiming.com.

The Massachusetts schedule is 2 weeks behind the rest of New England, so were contesting their divisional championships on Saturday. Several notable performances were registered in the eastern Mass. meet; first, senior Emily Lanois of Hamilton-Wenham ran to her fourth straight Division IV win. She led her H-W Generals to the lowest D-IV winning score ever, 27 points. In Division I, pair of nationally ranked squads duked it out, with Newton South bettering Lincoln Sudbury 29-35; coach Steve McChesney's total was also a new D-I record score. In Central MA, Emily Jones (Bromfield/Harvard MA) was 1:15 better than any other girl on the day for a repeat D2 win. Results for all Mass. divisional meets are at Coolrunning.com.

 

2009 GRAND PRIX BID SELECTION MEETING
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT BRANDEIS

The selection meeting for next year's USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix races will be held on Monday evening, November 10, at Brandeis University in the Gosman Athletic Center (the same site at last year). All USATF-NE members as of October 1 have a vote in selecting the 7 race series. The order of selection is drawn randomly on meeting night, and events make presentations by race distance.

And, if you know of a race that might want to bid to host a 2009 Championship, there is still time to submit a bid. Go to the Grand Prix page and download a bid form. They are due back in the office by Friday, November 8.
Contact the office if you have any questions.

 

HUDDLE, JENKINS RECEIVE DISTANCE PROJECT GRANTS
Indianapolis, October 29

The USA Track & Field Foundation and sponsors - Twin Cities Marathon, Chevron Houston Marathon and Marathonguide.com - announced the 2008 USA Distance Project Individual Athlete Grants. Among the five recipients receiving a $4,000 grant are New England runners Molly Huddle (Providence RI) and Nate Jenkins (Lowell MA). Huddle, part of the Run Providence initiative, represented the USA at the World Cross Country Championship in March and won the USA 10K Road Championship held at the Tufts 10K for Women race in Boston three weeks ago. Jenkins recorded a surprising 8th place finish at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials and has placed highly in other major US road events this year; he's an assistant coach at U.Mass-Lowell.

The USA Distance Project, dedicated to advancing elite distance running in America through support of group training centers and "up & coming" athletes, is a collaborative partnership between major distance running events, USA Track & Field, and the USA Track & Field Foundation.

For more information on the USA Track & Field Foundation, please visit usatffoundation.org.

 

RECORD FIELDS AND RECORD RUN
ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF MAYOR'S CUP

Franklin Park, Boston, October 26

Mayor's Cup women's winner Mary Cullen (photo courtesy the B.A.A)
Mayor's Cup women's winner Mary Cullen
(photo courtesy the B.A.A)

A record field of more than 1,000 entrants and a course-record run by Mary Cullen highlighted the 19th edition of the Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races, presented by the Boston Athletic Association and adidas, and directed by USATF-New England and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Overnight rains didn't discourage anyone from making the trip to Boston's Franklin Park.

As more than 300 kids, ages 14 and under, took part in the morning slate of youth events, the rain and clouds gave way to sunny, blue skies. The winners of the age-group 1.1 mile races were

10-and-under: Jeremy Taylor (Waltham TC) 6:56; Girls: Leah Brams (Waltham TC) 7:18 11-12 Boys: Jeremy Alley-Tarter(Nitehawks SC) 6:11; Girls: Julia Kern (Waltham TC) 6:37 13-14 Boys: Daniel Ewart (Granite State Flash) 5:44; Girls: Robin Gross (Waltham TC) 6:30

The Franklin Park 5K, open to men and women of all ages and ability levels boasted 280 finishers this year, up from 187 a year ago. Leading the charge was Jordan Hamm, a high school senior from Buffalo, NY, ahead of Omar Aden and Ahmed Ali, high school teammates from Charlestown, MA. Brandeis grad Caitlin Malloy recorded a comfortable 37-second victory in the women's division.

In the Women's Championship 5K, two-time defending champ Aziza Aliyu of the Westchester Track Club was looking to become the first woman to win three straight Mayor's Cup titles. Yet despite running faster than she had in either of her victories, Ayilu found herself chasing former Providence College star Cullen (Providence, RI) from the gun. Cullen, the runner-up here in 2005, led the pack through one mile in a brisk 5:07, and by two miles she was alone in front. By the time she broke the finish tape in 16:08, Cullen was 28 seconds ahead of runner-up Ayilu, as well as 14 seconds under the meet and course record set by Kathy Franey in 1997. Cullen is preparing for the European Cross Country Championships in Belgium, where she will represent her native Ireland.

In the Men's Championship 8K a large pack, which included 2006 champ Stephen Chemlany (Westchester TC), passed through one mile in 4:35 and two miles in 9:35. By four miles, reached in 19:35, Jacob Korir (KEN / Richmond, KY) had emerged at the front, and shortly after that he surged away unopposed for the win. Breaking the tape in 23:54, he was 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Sean Burris. A three-time NCAA All-American while at Eastern Kentucky University, Korir was sixth in the 2007 NCAA cross country championship. He now represents the RIADHA club out of New York.

The Westchester Track Club and New Balance Boston captured the men's and women's team titles, respectively.

Full results and pictures are at coorunning.com, with more info at baa.org. (Story courtesy of the BAA)

 

MAYOR'S CUP CROSS COUNTRY ON SUNDAY
Franklin Park, Boston

The 18th running of the Boston Mayor's Cup Cross country meet will take place at Franklin Park on Sunday, rain or shine - there is no postponement date. (If weather is severe for a short time, it may be delayed, but will only run this Sunday). Please don't call the USATF-NE office over the weekend.

At this time, there are over 800 runners entered in the six races - three for youth age 14 and under beginning at 10 a.m., the all-comers Franklin Park 5K at 11, and the two championship races at 11:30.

Day of event entry is still available on race morning, $5 for youth and $20 for adults. On-line entry is closed. (Sorry, but T-shirts probably won't be available for more than a few dozen day of event entries) .
See baa.org/MayorsCup/ for the information.

And remember to car-pool - parking is limited!

 

PELLETIER, CARRARA LEAD BAY STATE FIELD
October 19, Lowell MA

Matt Pelletier and Christie Carrara led almost 1200 finishers home at the Bay State Marathon in Lowell on Sunday, the final event of the 2008 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series.

Pelletier (Warwick RI /Running Heritage) had gone 16 miles the previous week in Chicago where conditions were warm and humid, and hoped conditions would be better on Sunday. They were certainly different when toeing the starting line in Mill City, as temperatures were in the 40's with a noticeable breeze and sun. The NE 10 mile champ moved right to the front and was joined by Casey Moulton at a sub 2:20 pace for the first 14 miles, when the RUN runner was picked up by the pace truck. The 2008 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier set a steady pace alone for the next 4 miles at which point he started catching lapped runners near the Tyngsboro Bridge turn for home. Though his pace slowed in the final miles, he still clocked 2:21:41, the 2nd fastest time in race history.

Carrara (New Balance Boston/Hudson MA) who has moved up in distance to 26.2 in the past two years, ran a solid race to record a seven minute Personal Best as she broke the tape on the first base line in LaLecheur Park in 2:51:38, 6 minutes better than runner-up Leslie Hocking (BAA). Making it family day at the ballpark, husband Ryan Carrara had placed 2nd in the men's standings at 2:27:13.

Among the teams, Whirlaway men (taking 4 of the top 8) scored their first triple win in the open/40/50 divisions, with North Meford taking the 60+ title. Central Mass Striders women were top in the open and 50+ divisions, split by the Merrimack Valley 40+ trio.

While most of the individual Grand Prix standings were settled before the marathon this year, Kent Lemme and Barb McManus finished high enough the standings to hold off challengers in the 40+ division to win their first age group series titles.

And finally, over 90 runners capped their competitive season by finishing the seventh of seven championship races to earn their coveted Ironrunner jackets; it was the second highest total of runners to complete the full series. Check baystatemarathon.com for results and a summary.

 

HUDDLE HOLDS ON FOR TUFTS 10K WIN
AND USA 10K CROWN

October 13, Boston MA

Molly Huddle (Providence, RI) unleashed a powerful kick to win the 32nd annual Tufts Health Plan 10 K for Women and with it, the USA Women's 10 km Championship, Monday through Boston and Cambridge. Serving at the USA Championship for the 14th time, more than 7,000 women ran the traditional Columbus Day event.

Huddle edged out Aziza Aliyu of Ethiopia and New York City by less than one second, running 32:52 to win her first U.S. Title; she's placed top 5 in the recent US 5K and 8K US championships as well. A pack of 18 reduced itself through the first three miles when Amy Rudolph (Providence RI) put in a surge that was matched by only 3 other contenders by 4 miles. Rudolph pacing the quartet that also included Ethiopian Tebya Naser, over the Mass. Ave bridge back into Boston. The foursome ran in formation until the final half mile when the long grinding kicks began. Turning onto Charles Street for the finish straightaway, Huddle held a slight lead the entire stretch and broke the tape just .3 ahead of Aliyu. Rudolph,. Huddle's training mate, placed fourth, taking the USA title silver medal.

In the team scoring, New Balance Boston (Rebecca Donoghue, Jennifer Donovan, and Kristen Coon) combined for a time of 1:43:08, giving them a minute buffer over Boulder (CO) Running Company adidas with Run Ohio just 29 seconds back of that. The championship also concluded the 2008 Women's USA Running Circuit (USARC). Deena Kastor (Mammouth Lakes CA) captured her second consecutive circuit title 45 points, and Huddle's 10 km victory moved her into third with 32 points.

Eighteen trailblazing women were honored the evening before the racefor having completed all 32 editions of the largest women's 10K in the country. The race was timed using the new ChronoTrack chip timing system by Granite State Race Services with no problems. Results are at coolrunning.com

 

VAILL, KISSINGER WALK AWAY WITH TITLES
October 12, Waltham MA

2004 Olympian Teresa Vaill (Gainesville FL / Walk USA) dominated the USA 1 Hour Race Walk championship results on Sunday. The '08 Trials walker-up cranked out sub-7 minute miles and covered 12,162 meters in the 60 minutes, a new US age 45-49 record. Maine Racewalkers took the top three junior places and the team title. In the men's race, Theron Kissinger (Waterbury CT/ CT Racewalkers) recorded an easy win over US Junior 10K Champ Matt Fourges (Boothbay ME) with a distance of 12,514 meters. Further back in the results, Jack Starr (Newark DE) covered a best-ever 8781 meters for men age 80+. New England champions were Bob Keating (Nashua NH, 10,370 meters) and Itzi Garcia (Jamaica Plain MA, 8627 meters).

Results at usatfne.org/walk

 

RECORD FIELD AT BAA 1/2 MARATHON
October 12, Boston MA

With foliage around Boston signaling the arrival of fall and temperatures in the mid-50s, a record field enjoyed perfect running weather for the Eighth Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon. In total, 3,702 runners completed the 13.1-mile loop of Boston's famed Emerald Necklace park system. Leading the way was one of the most talented elite fields the race has ever seen, and it produced the event's youngest ever winners.

The men's race was decided in a final sprint with Charles Munyeki (KEN), the 10th-fastest man in the world at the distance in 2008, breaking the tape ahead of Gilbert Okari by 2 seconds, 1:02:46 to 1:02:48. Azalech Masresha (ETH) - just 20 years old - became the youngest female champ ever, proving herself against a talented field. After mile 1, six runners whittled down to a pair on the track as Masresha separated herself from Irene Limika (KEN) by times of 1:11:44 and 1:11:45, third and fourth fastest ever run on this course. So deep was the field that last year's third placer, Kathy Newberry (Williamsburg, VA), improved by three minutes yet fell to seventh place.

Familiar faces triumphed in the wheelchair division as Tony Nogueira (Glen Ridge, NJ) tied his own course record of 53:07 in taking his fourth victory, while women's record holder Laurie Stephens (Wenham MA) etched her name in the winners trophy for the third time.

Details and story at bostonmarathon.org.

 

U.MASS LOWELL, BOSTON COLLEGE TAKE HARRIER CROWNS
October 14

On Saturday, the 96th edition of the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships ran at Franklin Park in Boston with both varsity and JV races totalling close to 1200 runners. The men's 8 km individual race came down to a stretch run battle with Tim Ritchie of Boston College holding off Ruben Sanca of U.Mass/Lowell by a second in 24:35. Sanca, who lives just a few blocks from the park, and teammate Rex Radloff led UML to a 10 point team win over U.New Hampshire. The women's competition had more dominant performances; Andrea Walkonen of Boston U lit a 5:08 first mile and romped to a 19 second margin over second place (17:19). Boston College had all five scorers in the top 15 to top runner-up Brown University by over 100 points, 38-141. To add the dominance, the BC JV unit swept places 1-5.

Results may shake up the weekly regional ranking polls; see neicaaa.org for full results and rankings.

 

BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
October 9

A variety of championships in the sport are on tap for the long Columbus Day weekend.

On Saturday, the 96th New England Collegiate Cross Country Championship takes place at Boston's Franklin Park beginning at 12:00 noon. (remember to use public transit or carpool if possible).

Sunday, a small but quality field including 2004 Olympian Teresa Vaill (Pine Plains NY) will contest the USA National 1 Hour Race Walk Championships at Bentley College in Waltham MA, the first race gun at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, over 6000 women will answer the noontime starter's gun at the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, which serves as the USA Women's 10K National Championship. Top US and NE runners with contest for individual honors in one of the largest women's only races in the country, now in its 32nd year. There is also USATF team competition. Entry is accepted on race day. See the Tufts 10k website for late information.

And, check back on Tuesday morning for summaries and links to the results of all three events.

 

GBTC TOP TEAM AT TOPSFIELD / NE XC GP
Topsfield MA, October 5

Kara Haas (MVS) and Jarrod Shoemaker led the individual races at the GBTC Topsfield Cross Country Festival on Sunday, the fourth event in the 2008 USATF-NE XC Grand Prix. Haas held off Codfish Bowl champ Emily Kroshus by one second, the closest finish in race history, while Shoemaker, a 2008 Olympian in the triathlon, had an easier time with a 40 second margin over the wooded park trails. The host Greater Boston TC took both women's and men's team honors, the former winning over MVS, the latter topping Whirlaway and five other squads. Thanks to coach Tom Derderian, Puma supported the meet by contributing to three places of prize money on each side of the ledger.

The series continues on Sunday, October 12, at the Wayland (MA) XC Festival; all entry info can be found at waylandxc.com.
Check nexcgrandprix.com for current standings and links to results.

 

FALLER, KROSHUS OUTRUN RAIN AT CODFISH BOWL XC
Boston, September 27

Jesse Faller and Emily Kroshus led the fields at the 41st Codfish Bowl Cross Country races at Franklin Park on Saturday. Temperatures were a comfortable 68 degrees, but the air was just waiting to downpour (which it did after the races), and the course was soggy (though with no standing water) after well over an inch of rain the day before. Add grass fields in need of cutting, and the advantage went to the stronger runners.

Faller, whose pedigree includes a great grandfather who was two time USA cross country champion, became the first Tufts men's runner to win the bowl, taking the lead in the Wilderness on the final lap. His nationally ranked Jumbo squad placed second behind repeat winner Greater Boston TC. In the women's race, the 30th edition for the women, the GBTC red dominated the top spots. Emily Kroshus scored the top spot - the fourth winner from the club in five years - and the team matching the repeat win of the men with all five scorers in the top 10. Adelphi University (NY) was second.

The races totaled over three hundred finishers with nineteen scoring teams. Full results are at the cross country page.

 

PROVIDENCE LEADS NE COLLEGE RANKING POLL
September 23

In the season's second weekly poll rankin New England Collegiate Cross Country teams, Providence College tops both the men's and women's standings, earning every first place vote on both sides. Brown and Dartmouth stand 2-3 for men, with Boston College and Brown in the same positions on the women's side.

The weekly poll voted on by New England college coaches is conducted by the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) and is distributed on Mondays during the season. Results of every week's poll can be found on the association's web site, www.neicaaa.org. The New England Championships runs on October 11 at Franklin Park.

Men's Top 10: 1.Providence; 2.Brown; 3.Dartmouth; 4.Yale; 5.Harvard and Massachusetts; 7.UMass Lowell (DII); 8.Boston College; 9.New Hampshire; 10.Stonehill (DII). Top DII team: 11.Amherst.

Women's Top 10: 1.Providence; 2.Boston College; 3.Brown; 4.Harvard; 5.Boston University; 6.Amherst (DIII); 7.Yale; 8.Williams; 9.New Hampshire; 10.Quinnipiac. Top DII team: 14.Stonehill.

 

MASTERS RECORD FOR BENOIT-SAMUELSON AT DOWNTOWN 5K
September 22

Amongst the results of the CVS Downtown 5K was a new US women's masters 50-54 division . Joan Benoit-Samuelson showed that while she's still a competitive force in the marathon (see her Olympic Trails performance in April), she's running well at the shorter distances, too. Joan clocked 17:24 in Providence to better the current age group mark by 4 seconds which was set in 1991.

 

OLYMPIANS WIN AT CVS DOWNTOWN 5K
PROVIDENCE HOSTS USA CHAMPIONSHIP

September 21, Providence RI

A pair of Olympians outran the competition for USA Championship crowns at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K in Providence on Sunday. A clear and sunny day with increasing temperatures slowed times a bit, but didn't deny the frontrunners' efforts and it was the first time in race history to have US runners scoring both the men's and women's wins.

First across the line was USA steeplechase finalist Anthony Famiglietti (NY), who caught and strongly passed fellow Beijing teammate Matt Tegenkamp (WI) with 500 meters to go and went on unchallenged up the final hill to the win in 13:41 with Tegenkamp 8 seconds back. Luke Kipkosgei was third and two time Olympian Dan Browne fourth. First local runner was Owen Washburn (Gr.SpringfieldHarriers/Amherst MA) in 20th, 14:53.1

Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan, now a resident of North Carolina, repeated as race winner on the distaff side, as the field was no match for the Beijing bronze medalist. Her 15:28.4 was 17 seconds ahead of Irish ace Mary Cullen (out of Providence) with host city runner Molly Huddle, in fifth.

New Balance Boston scored a solid win with Rebecca Donaghue (7th), Jenn Donovan (18th), and Jen Toomey (20th) pacing the team to a 2 minute margin over NYAC and adidas Raleigh. Top NE men's team was Greater Springfield Harriers in second by just 34 seconds with 5 scorers, as both clubs shared in generous prize team money. Local clubs missed out on a great event and being part of a national championship.

The race recorded its largest field in a 19 year history, with nearly 8000 registered runners in the schedule that began with 21 youth races and end with close to 2000 high schoolers covering a 3K course. Results can be found at coolrunning.com and more info is at the Race Website.

In three weeks, the Tufts 10K will host the women's USA 10K road championship.

 

BUSINESS TIME AT USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING
OFFICERS AND SPORTS CHAIRS ELECTED, BYLAWS AMENDED

September 18, Waltham MA

The USATF New England Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 18, was a mixture of recognition and business. The meeting prelude was the Athlete of the Month presentations for the past 12 months, coordinated by VP John Oleski. President Ken Robichaud opened the business meeting and several brief presentations from chairs and officers supplemented printed reports. (reports will be posted on the Board page within a week).

Elections were the next order of business, with Ken Robichaud (Swanzey NH/NMC) re-elected for a second two-year term as president by acclaimation. Three vice presidents will be returnees Jim Garcia (Westford MA/GLRR), and John Oleski (Belmont MA/MassVelocity), joined by new officer Barry Auskern (Bernardston MA/Sugarloaf Mt AC). Steve Viegas (Reading MA/Mystic Runners) will continue as secretary, and Stephen Peckiconis (Boston MA/CSU) was elected to the treasurer position which he was appointed to fill last spring.

Some old and some new faces will coordinate sports committee activities, though no positions had a contested election. Incumbent Courtney Bird (Falmouth MA/FTC) and Skip Cleaver (Nashua NH/GCS Triad) continue as men's and masters' Long Distance Running chairs; they'll be joined new Women's LDR chair (but long time road race championship competitor) Lisa Doucett (Andover MA/CSU).

Dave Callum (Lawrence MA/GBTC) and Mike Travers (Watertown MA/MVTC) continue responsibilies for Open and Masters Track and Field Chairs, while Tom Petranoff (HFC Striders/Dedham MA) will continue as Youth Committee Chair. Paul Kirsch (Conway NH/White Mtn Milers) will still oversee Mountain-Ultra-Trail Running as will Justin Kuo (Brookline MA/NEWalkers) with Race Walking and Bill Newsham (NH/GBTC) with Cross Country Chair.

Athletes representatives completed the elections, and two of three will lend a new voice to the board. with Josh Seeherman (Somerville MA/GBTC), the holdover, who will be joined by Joan Bohlke (Weston MA/New Balance Boston) and Laura Golitko (Cambridge MA/AirTime Athletics), the latter the first individual from ATA to have a board position.

Fifteen delegates and alternates were voted to represent the New England association at the USATF National annual meeting in Reno, Nevada, in December . That list will be posted on the board webpage within a week.

The final business item was approving seven amendments to the organization's bylaws, including the required new grievance procedure.

Complete meeting minutes will be posted at the Board page.

 

FOUR HONORED AT ANNUAL MEETING
September 18

USATF-New England "President's Awards" were presented at the association's annual meeting to four individuals who have long been contributors to the sport in the association.

Ron Boemker (Cranston RI) was recognized with the Volunteer Service Award. A former president of the organization himself, Ron also served in a variety of local, regional, and national committee positions in the past 20 years, as well as event director for association, state, and national championships and officiated at all levels of the sport in Rhode Island,over New England, and around the country. Ron's work in New England - and beyond - knows no bounds and all appreciate his continued support of USATF-NE.

The 2008 "Marja Bakker Youth Service Award" is shared by the inseparable duo who lead the Providence Cobras, Kevin Jackson and Thom Spann, both of Providence RI. The Cobras club celebrates its 30th year of competition in 2008, and is a regular participant at all youth events locally as well as regularly qualifying a number of competitors for national championships. The latter accomplishment, though does not outshine the simple fact that the Cobras provide opportunities and instruction to dozens of eager youth in the greater Providence area every year.

The new "Gerry Cantor Officials Award" will be given regularly - but not necessarily annually - for service as an official to NE association events. The late official's contributions to our association championships contributed to the success of those contests. Fittingly, the initial honoree is a New Hampshire resident as was Gerry. Bob Gidari of Deering NH, a fixture at a wide range of competitions from youth to masters, from track to cross country, was awarded the well-deserved plaque for 2008.

A summary of all New England award winners through the years can be found at the New England Honors page.

 

KASEY HILL USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST
September 15

Kasey Hill, 2008 Boston College graduate from Montgomery Center, Vermont, is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for August 2008. Hill represented the USA in the annual USA vs Germany heptathlon, and was one of the three scorers for the USA team total. It was her first appearance in a USA uniform. The BC record holder in six events, her best point total in the heptathlon is 5687 which was achieved at the USA Olympic Trials in June. Hill will continue to train as a post-collegiate athlete in the Boston area.

A full list of the year's Athletes of the Month are at this website's Awards page.

 

US MEN THIRD AT WORLD MOUNTAIN RACE
BLAKE PLACES 23RD
 September 14, 2009, Sierre Crans-Montana, Switzerland

The USA men's team scored their first ever team awards at the World Mountain Trophy race in Switzerland this weekend, taking the bronze medals.

The Senior men's 12K race with 3,430 feet of climb had a field of 161 runners from 37 countries toeing the line with four runners scoring. The Teva U.S. team had its best performance ever, led by Rickey Gates (12th) in 57:18 followed closely by Joe Gray in 16th (57:54) and Eric Blake (BAA) 23rd (58:23). The final scoring member was veteran Simon Gutierrez in 25th (58:35). Blake and Gutierrez are former winners of the Mount Washington Road Race, as is overall winner, now sixth-time Trophy Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand, who has the record up Mt. Washington. Italy led the team standings with 43 points, followed by host Switzerland (59) and the USA (76).

Fog, some drizzle, temperatures in the 40s and challenging uphill courses were the order of race day. The Senior women ran over an 8.3K (5.1 mile) course with 2,420 feet of climb and took 8th with 82 points in the field topped by Norway and representing 32 countries. The Junior boys race covered 8.3K with USA 4th with 49 points, while the girls, racing 4.2K with 1,100 feet of climb, were 10th of 19.

Two past New England mountain/trail committee chairmen, Dave Dunham (CMS/Bradford MA) and Richard Bolt (CMS/Portland OR) served as Junior and Senior Team leaders, respectively.

Complete results and website.

 

FEELGOOD FARM XC RACE CANCELLED
September 9, 2009

This Saturday's (September 13) cross country race at Feel Good Farm in New Hampshire, part of the NE XC Grand Prix, has been cancelled due to storm damage to the course. It will NOT be rescheduled.

Next race on the circuit is the GBTC Topsfield Cross Country Festival at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield MA on Sunday, October 5. Significant team prize money has been added to this year's meet; see www.gbtc.org.

 

RUNNERS DODGE RAINS AT OLLIE 5 MILE
September 6, 2009

Saturday's USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship at the Ollie 5 Mile in South Boston dodged some severe weather Overcast skies greeted competitors after heavy rains Friday night and the tropical storm was still several hours off, but the air remained humid. Despite adding temperatures in the high 70's and minimal breeze, conditions were still better than the intensely sunny past two years for the 1049 finishers.

The race started somewhat conservatively compared to past yeras, but broke up shortly after a mile on the downhill when the top 5 established themselves, and the fourth mile sorted out the top places. Behind overall winner Elijah Kitur (Bronx NY, 24:49), New England champion was Pat Moulton in third overall at 25:12. Coming off of a strong win on Labor Day at the Around Cape Ann 25K, the BAA runner was not quite as sharp as he'd like, but still turned in a solid performance. Back with the BAA after spending the winter and spring with the Brooks-Hanson's Distance Project in Michigan, he was one second up on teammate Matt Ely (now the open division GP leader), and the pair led the Boston Athletic Association to a 39 second victory over Whirlaway. Women's winner Julie Spolidoro (BAA) assumed the lead after 3 miles and extended it to 21 seconds over series leader Stephanie Reilly (RUN) - 28:14/28:35. With all five scorers in the top 11, the BAA completed a sweep of the team titles.

Catherine Farrell (60+/CSU) and Carol Hurley (50+/CMS) were repeat race winners in the masters divisions. Other age group winners included Titus Mutinda (R.UN) and Mimi Fallon (BAA) for 40+, Dave Oliver (GLRR, 50+), Bill Dixon (GLRR, 60+) and Bill Riley (BAA, 70+); Greater Lowell teammates Oliver and Dixon clinched their individual series wins as well. Six different clubs took the masters team division awards. Circuit honors for most will come down to the final event.

The latest standings and the current "Ironrunners" list is posted on the GP page and runners should check that credit has been given for all races; over 100 still remain in the running for "The Jacket."

The 2008 series closes in just over a month at the Bay State Marathon on October 19. The marathon is filled, but remains open only to USATF-NE members.

 

2009 BOSTON MARATHON ENTRY OPENS
Boston, September 3, 2008

Online registration for the 113th Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, 2009, has begun. Held on Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts holiday, Boston is the world's oldest annual marathon. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services.

For the second consecutive year, the field will be limited to 25,000 entrants. In 2008 the field filled by late February and race organizers expect the 2009 race to each its limit even faster.

Qualifying times, by age group, must be run on or after September 29, 2007. Seeding of the race is based on verified qualifying times, and runners will again go off in two waves.

In addition to online registration, runners may download a PDF application at www.baa.org, or request a hard-copy application . Entries will be accepted until the maximum field size of 25,000 athletes has been reached.

Age group qualifying times and a list of the new and returning charity programs can also be found on the BAA website.

 

USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 18
August 20, 2008

The Annual Meeting of the USATF New England association will take place on Thursday, September 18 at the Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, 550 Winter Street, Waltham MA, at I-95 Exit 27. The meeting will begin with the past year's Athlete of the Month Awards at 6:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7:15 p.m.

This year, there are elections for all board positions - officers, sports chairs and athlete reps. The meeting will present a year in review, and there will be several by-law change proposals. One is a formalized grievance procedure required of all associations by the National office.

All USATF-NE members as of August 1 who age 18+ are eligible to attend and vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting. The agenda and the bylaw change proposals can be found at USATF-NE board page.

 

OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD BEGINS
FLANAGAN MEDALS IN 10,000

August 15

Track and field takes center stage on the Olympic program beginning today, Friday, and will continue for the next 9 days. In the first track final of the Games, Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan (now living in North Carolina) ran a brilliant race in 10,000 meter as she clocked a US record 30:22.22 to take the bronze medal. She's only the 2nd US athlete ever to medal in that event, the other being another New Englander, Lynn Jennings, in 1992.

The gold medalist in the race is no stranger to New England, either. Tirunesh Dibaba, who has set several records at the Boston Indoor Games, ran 60 seconds for her gun lap to finish in an Olympic record 29:54.66.

Television coverage is on NBC and complete internet coverage can be found at www.nbcOlympics.com

 

- JOANNE DOW - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JULY
August 15

The only New England athlete to win their event in the US Olympic Track and Field Trials, Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) was the odds-on selection as the USA Track & Field-New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for July 2008. Controlling the 20K race walk from the gun, Dow made her first Olympic team after three previous attempts beginning in 1996. She'll face the world's best in Beijing next week.

The full release, and those of the past two months' honorees Everad Samuels (Masters M50 World Record, 200m) and Dwight Barbiasz (New Hampire state HS High Jump record) are at Awards and Honors Page.

 

THROWERS CORE STRENGTH CLINIC
MONDAY AUGUST 18 IN GLOUCESTER

Gloucester MA

A Core Training program clinic for all throwing events will take place on Monday, August 18, at Gloucester (MA) High School Track from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. It is a learn-by-doing activity for athletes and coaches of all abilities. The clinic, presented by USATF-NE, has a fee of $10 per attendee. Youth Chair and former world record holder Tom Petranoff will present a program on how to implement a year around training plan used by World Record holders and elite athletes to achieve maximum success, and all will work on drills and exercises.

If there are any questions, contact the USATF New England office, days, at 617-566-7600, or email office@usatfne.org.

 

Start of Bridge of Flowers 10K (Photo: Ken Robichaud)
Start of Bridge of Flowers 10K
(Photo: Ken Robichaud)

FREEMAN, REILLY, TAKE NE CROWNS
AT BRIDGE OF FLOWERS 10K

August 9, Shelburne Falls MA

The Bridge of Flowers 10K has been voted as one of New England's toughest 10K's, and Crittenden Hill hasn't got any less steep or long in the-now 30 editions of the race. Deeper prize money at the front were additions to the docket in the USATF-NE Grand Prix's westward swing, as the race hosted the 10K Championship which found 736 finishers in the results.

Founder and Director Emeritus Mike McCusker noted the lead pack was the largest he could remember at two miles with The Hill lying ahead. Justin Freeman (GCST/New Hampton NH) lead almost a dozen under the railroad bridge and upward, but over the top, the Weschester TC (NY) duo of Genn Tufa and Deniboba Derese took command and strode to the finish, challenging each other in the final 50 meters. Freeman, an infrequent GP racer who is a top rated cross country skier, was fifth overall, almost a minute back at 32:06, but no small accomplishment.

The top 4 women were grouped together in cresting Crittenden Hill, at which point the pack broke in less than a mile; from five in, places and gaps didn't change, with Buzhnesh Tarekgn (Bronx NY) running to the win in 35:59, with Reilly (RUN) taking her second NE title in 10 days, following her Newburyport win behind a different New Yorker. Heidi Westerling and Amy Nedeau followed, and their BAA had 4 of the top 10, but lacked a fifth to score a team.

In the age group honors, Titus Mutinda (RUN) was first of the over 40 crowd; Norm Larson (GMAA) only raced 3 of the 5 series races to date, but has won them all and dominated the M50 by a full minute, Bill Dixon (GLRR) made it four wins in five tries in the M60, and Jim Daley was almost four minutes up on others over 70. In the women's standings, Christine Anderson (WRT) took her second win of the year in the masters division, Sidney Letendre (CMS) dominated the W50, and Patty Foltz (GLRR) had a six minute margin in the W60 group. Age group record bonuses went to Larson, Dixon, and Foltz.

The B.A.A. recorded a two minute win over Retailers Union (RUN) in the men's race, with Central Mass. Striders leading the masters' ranks, Greater Lowell leading the 50+ division, and Cambridge Sports Union edging North Medford for the 60+ crown. CMS women swept all three team titles.

Team and individual results are at coolrunning.com

 

CIGNA FALMOUTH ROAD RACEFK
August 9-10, Falmouth MA

Another rite of summer, the 36th CIGNA Falmouth Road Race brought over 8000 runners to Cape Cod, ranging from world elite to weekend warrior. to cover the scenic 7 coastal miles. Tadesse Tola became the first Ethiopian man to win at Falmouth, outlegging 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi of California by 8 seconds in 32:01. Women's winner Edith Masai earned her winning check by just 3 seconds in 37:02; she has now won major races (Bix 7, Beach to Beacon 10-K and now Falmouth) three consecutive weekends - and as an over-40 athlete. Amy Rudolph of Providence was top local in sixth, with Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance Boston) and Kate O'Neill (Milton MA) tenth and eleventh, respectively. 12

Saturdays' popular Falmouth Mile saw a meet record in the men's race, as John Rankin (California) clocked 3:56.45 with two additional competitors under 4:00 (and 8th place at 4:02). Women's winner was Amy Mortimer of Providence at 4:32.90. falmouthroadrace.com

 

MA HS CHAMP KILLED IN CAR CRASH
August 10, Wenham MA

Two time Massachusetts cross country champ Gabe Pacione of Wenham MA was killed in a car accident on August 10. The 2006 and 2007 Division II champ was also a member of the Emerging Elites club. Our condolences to out to his family and teammates.

 

FOUR LOCALS WIN AT MASTERS TF NATIONALS
August 7-10, Spokane WA

Four New England association athletes earned gold medals in heading west to the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Spokane WA last week. Participation by athletes from the northeast was down from recent outdoor masters Nationals due to the long trip and relatively late in the season date.

Barbara Jordan (Burlington VT) continued her habit of winning multiple events, placing first among Women 70-74 in th 100 (16.35), 200 (34.98) and 80 meter Hurdles (17.87). Matching her winning ways in the men's results were Buzz Gagne (Penacook NH/Twilight Throwers) in the M60 javelin (167'2"), James Morton(Springfield MA/Mass Velocity) in the M50 800 (2:04.89) and Francis Burdett (Worcester/GSH) in the M40 5000 (16:35.41).

Results from the full meet can be found at USATF website.

 

HILL, ABDUR-RAHIM REPRESENT USA IN MULTI-EVENT DUAL MEET
August 1-2, Lawrence KS

Kasey Hill (Boston College / VT) wore the Team USA uniform for the first time in the annual USA vs Germany heptathlon team competition held August 2-3 at Kansas State University in Manhattan KS. Hill placed seventh in the ten athlete field, and was the 3rd scorer for the USA (each country totals the points of their top four athletes). The Vermonter totaled 5,585 points through the seven events, short of her 5687 best achieved a month ago in the US Olympic Trials, but admirable considering temperatures had crested 100 degrees by the starting time on day 2. Individual winner for the second straight year was Lela Nelson of the US, scoring a meet record and career-high 6,029 points. Germany prevailed in the team totals by a narrow 105 point margin.

In the concurrent men's Decathlon, Brookline MA native and Dartmouth grad Mustapha Abdur-Rahim placed third to help lead Team USA to the team win. Abdur-Rahim, now training in Arizona, was the leader after the first day's five event, and went on to record a career best score of 8175 points, in the contest, He finished just 24 points behind winner Norman Muller of Germany (8199) and 16 back of American Jake Arnold. The USA won meet for the 12th time in 15 outings.

The meet will move to Germany in 2009. A full report can be found at the USATF website.

 

PELLETIER LEADS CROWD AT NEWBURYPORT 10 MILE
July 29

Matt Pelletier (Running Heritage/Providence RI) broke from the pack and scored a convincing win at the 49th annual Yankee Homecoming Road Race, the USATF-NE 10 Mile championship, on Tuesday. A relatively pleasant night (at least compared to some prior steambaths) made for decent conditions for the 1464 finishers in the championship (with another 1800 in the accompanying 5K.

The 2008 Vermont City Marathon winner took his first New England Championship by over a half minute in 50:59 at what looks to be his ace distance - having won the Broad Street 10 Mile in Philadelphia earlier this summer, and the Blessing of the Fleet 10 Mile in Narragansett RI last week. Stephanie Reilly (Retailers Union/Whitinsville MA), Bryant College head coach, ran second overall behind for the Women's New England title in 58:07.

Age group winners 40/50/60/70 were Titus Mutinda (R.UN), Reno Stirrat (GCST) Larry Olsen (TVFR) , and Harry Carter (GCST) for the men, and Barbara McManus (CMS), Susan Hackney (GMAA), and Patty Foltz (GLRR) for the women.

Greater Boston TC and Central Mass Striders took the open men's and women's team prizes, with Whirlaway taking both masters races, Greater Lowell and CMS the top 50's teams, and Cambridge Sports Union taking the M60.

The series continues on Saturday, August 9 at the Bridge of Flowers 10K in Shelburne Falls MA. Grand Prix standings will be updated in a day after confirming team eligibility, while results are at the race site, yankeerace.com.

 

GRAND PRIX CONTINUES AT NEWBURYPORT ON TUESDAY
July 29

After a two-plus month hiatus when mountains and track took priority, the USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix comes back to the streets on Tuesday, July 29 in Newburyport MA. The Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile expects a crowd of well over a thousand for the traditional summer evening event. This is the 49th annual running, making it one of the associations oldest continuously held races. The field heads out of Newburyport HS at 6:30 p.m.; information is at yankeerace.com.

 

NE MASTERS MEET
Springfield MA, July 27

The meet finish just beat a severe thunderstorm. 92 year old Bob Matteson was fast enough to set a single-age group record in the 200 meters. Results may be found at the NE track page.

 

ALL AMERICANS AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS
Omaha Nebraska, July 22-27

The USATF Junior Olympic National meet brings close to 6000 athletes together for six days of competition, with the top three finishers from 16 regional meets eligible to advance. While we have some quality youth athletes here in Region I (covering the six New England states plus most of New York), the competitiveness of youth track does not match much of the south and west. Thus, many a youth who attends the meet learns quite a bit about the sport in addition to learning about the rest of the country. (In the words of one athlete reporting back to their coach about the level of competition after relatively easy wins at NE and Region I meets - "we just got spanked").

Scouring the results of the full schedule of events for the 5 age groups of boys and for girls, a handful of locals came home with a finish in the top 8 and corresponding All-American honors. Earning double honors was Carla Forbes (Waltham TC/Mattapan MA) in the Youth Girls division (age 13-14), first placing 7th in the long jump (16'6") and following up with a fifth in the triple jump (35'5 3/4"), just a quarter inch out of fourth.

A bulk finish in the Young Men's javelin (age 17-18) continued the quality reputation in that event as all three NE advancers were All-American with Justin Siekierski(Worlds Longest Throw/Wilbraham MA), Lucas Hadden (Worlds Longest Throw/Waitsfield VT) and Benjamin Lincoln (Hingham MA) taking 5-6-8, respectively. (We admit we may have missed some placings; additions to this list are welcome!)

Full results of the six day meet are at the USATF website

 

USATF-NE ANNOUNCES 2008 CROSS COUNTRY GRAND PRIX
July 28

The 2008 USATFNE X-C Grand Prix schedule is set to kick off on August 3rd with the 5K at Red Rocks Park in Burlington Vermont.

This year's series includes a few additions with a total of 8 events spread throughout the region and culminating with the New England Championships at Boston's Franklin Park November 9. Series races will range in distance from 5K to 8K over a variety of challenging courses in 3 states. The 2008 scoring will be a "best of" format, allowing teams and individuals to choose which events fit best into their schedule. The top 5 out of 8 placements will count toward a final score, with the NE championships awarding 50% more points than other events.

Periodic updates to the schedule will be maintained on the association website at usatfne.org/cross with the very latest scoring and news updates on nexcgrandprix.org. Questions regarding the series or anything else may be directed to cross country chair Bill Newsham wnewsham@gmail.com.

 

NE MASTERS 7/27 - NO HAMMER OR DISCUS
July 22

The USATF-NE Masters Meet is set to run at Springfield College this Sunday, July 27. Entry information is at the track page.

Please note that the hammer and discus will NOT be held at the meet, due to ongoing construction at the college's throwing fields. We regret the inconvenience, but it's impractical to hold them anywhere else in conjunction wtih the meet.

 

TRACK AND FIELD NOTES
GREATER BOSTON TC 4TH AT CLUB NATIONALS
LOCALS WIN INTERNATIONAL MEDALS

Olathe KS, July 20

Led by three individual wins, the Greater Boston Track Club placed fourth at the USATF Club Track & Field Championships held in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, KS, last weekend.

The three time champion was fourth in the women's tally and sixth among men's clubs to combine for fourth overall. Club winners in the competitive meet - where all participants had to be a member of a local club - included Samyr Laine (Triple Jump), Hector Cotto (110 Hurdles) and Tessa Clare (High Jump). There were also four club records established.

Men's team winner was the host Kansas City Smoke, while frequent visitor to our area Nike Central Park TC won the women's division. No other local clubs made the trip west. RESULTS

Two locals won silver medals at the North American / Central American/Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships held in Toluca Mexico. 2008 Harvard grad Becky Christensen scored a second in the high jump (5'11 1/2") and John Freeman (East Greenwich RI / U.Georgia) was second in the hammer at 209'7". Because of the meet's early entry requirements, the US squad was selected in early June based on college performance lists. The altitude of Toluca is 8500', so those other participants in longer running and walking events had some problems achieving top performances!

 

MORSE, WONSAVAGE ACES AT ASCUTNEY
LASPORTIVA MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT COMPLETE

Mt.Ascutney VT, July 12

Master duo Eric Morse and Dorcas Wonsavage were the first to the top of Vermont's Mt. Ascutney as 131 runners answered the starter on Saturday. Morse, a six time circuit winner, took the race in his home state in a masters record (and 8th best time overall) 29:47 for a minute-plus margin over Kevn Tilton and and Dave Dunham. Martin Tighe led a 50+ contingent that clocked four of the eight fastest times ever in that age group, with Karl Furstenburg (NH, M60) and Frank Hurt (WMM, M70) also scoring wins.

Wonsavage, 2nd at the had half the men's gap over Laurie Greenberg (VT), with Abby Woods (CMS) the same time back in third. Lisa Doucet (CSU) set a new age group record in winning the W50, while Barbara Robinson - W70- was first (and only) over 60.

By popular (?) demand, next year's race will be lengthened and extend all the way to the summit.

Ascutney has become the traditional end to the LaSportiva USATF-NE Mountain Circuit, which lasts just six weeks and provides an economical running challenge covering 27 miles with over 11,000 feet of climb (and a grueling 5000' of downhill as well). When the calculations were complete in scoring the best five of six performance - as most division the high point totals over the high peaks were recorded by Justin Fyffe (GCST, 486.72 points) and Kathy Cook (). Fyffe had one win and four additional top 5 finishes to secure the $250 series prize over Todd Callaghan (GCST) and series founder Dave Dunham (CMS), who was also top master. Despite winning five of the the six individual races, Martin Tighe (TNT/Providence) had a close battle to take the M50 grouping. Alex Silverman (HHS) edged Vin Rivard among 60+ runners with the closest win in the circuit, 2.5 points, and Frank Hurt (WMM) led the M70 group.

Women's winner Cook, a first time circuit participant, was aided by her 4th place finish at Ascutney to lead long-time mountaineer Donna Smyth (CSU/VT) - also a master - by 20 points, with 2005 champ Kathy Hurst third. Lisa Doucet copped her third straight 50+ win to match her total in the 40's, Elizabeth Gonnerman (HHS) was best of the 60's off of one race, and Barbara Robinson (GCST) repeated the 70+ crown, giving her six total wins after age 60.

2008's "Mountain Goat" population - those running all six circuit races - swelled to 59, all earning a guaranteed entry into the 2008 Mt.Washington race.

The complete circuit results including Mountain Goat list and all-time circuit leaders, are at this Coolrunning page.

 

NE YOUTH PLACE WELL AT
REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS

New York City, July 11-13

New England youth competitors scored well at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic meet held at New York City's world class Icahn Stadium.

Five athletes recorded two wins in the competitive meet which drew competitors from six regions covering New England states and New York: Emma Fitzgerald(Waltham TC / Midget Girls / Shot Javelin), Carla Forbes (WTC / Youth Girls / Long and Triple Jump); Paul Halberstadt (WTC / Bantam Boys / Javelin and Triathlon); Sam Belcher (Sugarloaf Mt AC / Intermediate Boys / 1500 and 3000); Justin Siekierski (Worlds Longest Throw / Young Men / Javelin and Discus). Additionally, Y-Speed TC of Springfield won three relays.

The top three finishers in each event are eligible to advance to the national Junior Olympic meet in Omaha Nebraska at the end of the month. The full Region I results are at the Metropolitan association webpage

 

ENMAN WINS NACAC MOUNTAIN RACE IN MEXICO
US WOMEN WIN TEAM CHALLENGE

Tepatitlan Mexico

Kasie Enman (Huntington VT/BAA) led the US to a win at the North Americian / Central American / Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championship race held in Tepatitlan Mexico last weekend. Both she and BAA teammate Carly Graytock (Somerville MA) were picked based on their exceptional races up Mt. Washington, the 2008 USA Mountain Championship, in June. Graytock placed fourth overall in the 9 kilometer uphill run that started at 6000 feet altitude and climbed 2000 feet. Their placings will help merit consideration for September's World Mountain Cup competition in Switzerland.

Mexico was second team and Canada third. The USA men ran to silver behind Mexico.

Read the full race story at the mountain page.

 

GBTC TOP WOMEN, 2ND MEN
AT EAST REGIONAL MEET

Valatie NY, July 5

Greater Boston TC women repeated as team champs and their men placed second at the USATF East Region track and field championships meet hosted by the Adirondack association on July 5.
The women were led by Dacia Taylor, who won the 100 (12.41) and 200 (25.04). On the field, Tessa Clare (high jump), Deirdre Murphy (shot put) and Stacy Connor (javelin) also scored gold, and the GBTC distance medley was also tops. Men's individual winners were Matt Haringa in the 5000 and the distance medley, as depth tallied the points behind ConnQuest's winning margin.

The only other New England winner was Stephanie Reilly (Whitinsvile MA/R.UN) who took the women's steeplechase in a quick 10:21.04.

Check out the Full Results. GBTC and several other club athletes are getting ready to close out the season at the USATF Club Nationals in Kansas in two weeks.

 

SAMUELS SETS WORLD MASTERS MARK IN 200
AND OTHER TRACK NOTES

July 7

As a sidebar to the East Regionals, Everad Samuels of Boston set a new world masters M50-54 record in the 200 meters at the meet. The affable shift supervisor at the Reggie Lewis Center, now representing the Greater Boston TC, placed 8th overall in 22.53 for the best ever by a runner age 50-plus and breaking a 5 year old mark. He had twice brought down the US mark earlier this season. Congrats to "Sam"!

A pair of GBTC athletes also picked up medals at the Central American/Caribbean Championships in Cali Columbia. Hector Cotto earned bronze in the 110 hurdles for his native Puerto Rico, clocking a club record 13.55 (albeit slightly wind aided) and Kateema Rettie brought home the same color in the javelin (180'1") representing Jamaica.

Heading out to the World Junior Championships are a handful of locals with New England states ties. Ryan Collins (Mansfield MA), a redshirt freshman at U.Virginia, will be represening the USA in the 5000 meters. Maine's Becky O'Brien, new New England HS shot put record holder, will contest the same event in Bydgoszcz, and 2008 HS grad Donn Cabral of Glastonbury CT will contest the 10,000. Interesting stories and coverage of the meet at the IAAF website, iaaf.org

 

DOW WINS OLYMPIC TRIALS
MEET COMPLETE IN EUGENE

Eugene OR, July 3-7

Joanne Dow wins the Olympic Trials 20K Race Walk (Photo: Victah Sailor)
Joanne Dow wins the Olympic Trials 20K Race Walk.
Photo: Victah Sailor

Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) walked a stellar race and is Beijing-bound after winning the 20 kilometer racewalk at the USA Olympic Track & Field Trials on Sunday.

It was Dow's fourth Trial meet, her first being in 1996 where an injury left her a disappointing 10th. In 2000, she placed in the toast position, fourth; the 2004 race found her second, but only with a "B" standard. The 44 year old, a graduate of Manchester's Trinity HS and the University of New Hampshire came back from a significant injury in 2007 and excuted a perfect race plan. The mother of two teenagers and multiple time US record holder extended her lead through the final half of the race to earn the title of "Olympian".

Also making his first Olympic team is Jake Freeman, graduate of Rhode Island's Bishop Hendricken HS. He placed third in the hammer at 241'5". And Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan copped a berth in her second event, taking third in the 5000 (15:02.81) to go along with her earlier win in the 10,000.

Most populous event with locals was the women's 10K, where Ari Lambi (Harvard MA, 6th, 15:29.99, Rebecca Donohue (8th, 15:35.48 PR), and Molly Huddle (10th, 15:42.19) backed the quality results.
Several other New Englanders and natives fared well in the meet's second half event finals:
M 10,000: 9.Sean Quigley (Braintree MA/Puma) 28:21.96;
M Javelin: 7.Sean Furey (Methuen MA/Dartmouth alum), 241'2"
W Hammer: 5.Krystal Yush (UVM Alum) 215'6"; 7.Kelly Godsey (Somerville MA) 215'1"
M 20K Walk: 9.Patrick Collier (Athletics East) 1:35:00
W 1500: 5.Amy Mortimer (Providence) 4:14.98;
M 1500: 7.Said Ahmed (Boston MA) 3:42.40.
The Masters Invitational 3000M had a distinct NE flair with four locals inthe field led by Dan Franek (Dirigo RC) in 6th (9:01.72) followed by Kent Lemme, Francis Burdett (both GSH) and Jason Cakouros (HFC) in 9-10-11.

Other locals competed in premliminary rounds, and many non-New Englanders passed through the numerous quality events held in our association on their road to Eugene. Full results and stories can be found at usatf.org.

 

BLAKE IN COMMAND UP LOON
Lincoln NH, July 6

Mt. Washington road race champ Eric Blake (B.A.A.) set a new course record leading the charge up Loon Mountain on Sunday in the second largest field in race history.

Unlike the torrid rainy send off a week ago at Cranmore, it was holiday weather from the gun and clear skies helped the temperatures push upwards of 80 degrees by race end. And, except for the first 200 meters, the footing was gravel, loose dirt, and grass in the nearly 3000' of total climb; even the winner was reduced to a walk up the aptly named Upper Walking Boss slope in the fifth mile. Blake had 1:39 over run-up runner-up Eric Morse, also the first master. Martin Tighe in 13th continued his undefeated season in the M50 division. Women's winner Jennifer Johnson (Bethlehem NH) was exactly one minute ahead of second placer / top master Nancy Cook (Belchertown MA), with mountain stalwart Lisa Doucett leading the age 50+ group in 10th overall.

Thanks to Paul Kirsch and the White Mountain Milers for directorship of the past two races. Check out info on the World Mountain Running Team, and NE circuit standings at our circuit standings after five of six events. The 2008 circuit concludes at Mt.Ascutney VT on July 12.

 

WHEATING MAKES OLYMPIC TEAM
TRACK & FIELD TRIALS HALF WAY THROUGH

Eugene OR, June 27-30

Coming from the back of the pack in the last 200m, Andrew Wheating (Norwich VT / U.Oregon) passed everyone but winner Nick Symmonds and finished second in the 800 meters to make the US Olympic team in a personal best 1:45.03. The 20 year-old soph out of Kimball Union Academy with just over two years of serious running (including the Jr Olympic Cross Country national title in 2005) continues to surprise in this breakthrough season.

Someone with a little more experience, Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan (now settled in North Carolina) followed up her spring US record with a win in the 10,000 meters 31:34.81 to make her second Olympic team. Molly Huddle (Providence RI) in ninth, 33:17.71, and Amy Rudolph (Providence RI) 13th in 33:33.34 also contested the final.

Dartmouth alum Adam Nelson made his fourth Olympic team in the shot put, placing third in the Trials (68 6 1/2")

Other New England competitors making the finals in their events in the Trials first week include:

  • Triple Jump: 9.Sherita Williams (Gr.Boston TC/Providence) 43'7 1/4"
  • Heptathlon: 11.Kasey Hill (Boston College/Montgomery Ctr VT) 5687 (Personal best, school record).
  • Decathlon: 9.Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Brookline MA/Dartmouth Alum) 7757; 15.Matt Chisam (Brighton MA) 7429.
  • 5000: 13.Jonathan Riley (Brookline MA alum) 13:57.58.
  • 10,000: 9.Molly Huddle (Providence) 33:17.73; 13.Amy Rudolph (Providence) 33:33.34.

The meet resumes on Thursday. Follow the action with results, quotes, and statistics at usatf.org. Television coverage schedules and other web info are also posted there.

 

OLYMPIC TRACK & FIELD TRIALS SET TO BEGIN
Eugene OR, June 27

The top American athletes are making their way west, as the 2008 USA Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field begins on Friday, June 27. Returning to fabled Hayward Field in Eugene OR - "Track Town USA" - for the first time since 1980, the 8 days of competition will select the USA team for Beijing. A number of New England open, collegiate, and "alumni" athletes will be vying for team spots, or simply enjoying the fruits of their labor in having made the top 24 to 32 athletes in the country in their respective events. Several local officials will also be putting in long hours on the field, having been chosen for the prestigious event.

Results and stories will be updated during competition throughout the day at usatf.org. Television coverage schedules are also posted there.

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT CONTINUES AT CRANMORE
North Conway NH, June 27

Now that Mt. Washington has come and gone (with an insanely talented field, no less!), the USATF-NE Mountain Circuit continues this weekend at Mt. Cranmore in North Conway, NH. It's a two lap up and down the mountain this year, with about 200 runners expected.
It then moves on to Loon Mountain on July 6, where Mt.W winner Eric Blake will take on the field as another practice run for September's World Trophy Race. The circuit concludes at Mt. Ascutney VT on July 12. Right now, it looks like there will be about 60 Mountain Goats who complete all 6 races in 8 weeks. Check out info on the World Mountain Running Team, and NE circuit details at our Mountain / Trail page.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPICS RESULTS NOW POSTED

Nearly 400 youth competed in a full schedule of events at Saturday's USATF-NE Junior Olympic championship at Fitchburg State College. The top 6 advance to the July 11-13 Regional meet in New York.

Full Results are now posted. There will be a list of those who advanced to Region I posted later in the week.

 

BLAKE WINS MT.WASHINGTON
Mt.Washington NH, June 21

Eric Blake (BAA/New Britain CT) led the 48th charge up Mt.Washington on Saturday, leaving 853 runners in his wake. The race served as the 2008 USATF National Mountain Running Championship race, with the top 4 men and top woman earning a spot on the US team for September's World Mountain Running Trophy race.

Blake's time of 1:00:39 gave him just an 11 second winning margin. Blake led the Boston Athletic Association to the team title in 5:29:10 (5 runners score), the sixth fastest sum in race history. It broke a 16 year team run by CMS.

Brandy Erholtz of Colorado was a strong but surprise winner (37 overall) in 1:11:08, chased up by Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington VT) who improved her place by 2 over last year (1:13:26). Backed by teammates Carly Graytock (4), and Brett Ely (23), the BAA women matched the men's success in winning the team title; their total of 3:57:47 was the second swiftest women's total ever.

Three time open winner Simon Gutierrez (CO) placed fifth and broke the masters record (1:01:34), and women's 40+ winner (3rd woman) Laura Haefli (CO) also set a new standard in 1:13:34. Both won bonuses sponsored by New England Runner magazine.

Results, stories, and race history are found at www.gsrs.com.

 

LOCALS EARN JUNIOR NATIONALS AND OUTDOOR SCHOLASTIC NATIONALS HONORS Columbus OH and NC June 20-22

It was a busy weekend for athletes 19 and under as, besides the New England Junior Olympic meet, top area runners had their choice of the National Scholastic Outdoor meet and the US Junior Nationals for competitions.

Two New England association athletes returned from the National Scholastic Outdoor meet in North Carolina as champions; Craig Bariasz (Milford NH) took the high jump as he cleared 7'1", the third time over the 7' barrier in four weeks, and Mike Gama (Wakefield RI) added the hammer - 204'1" - to his indoor weight throw gold. Neighboring athletes from Maine deserve mention, as Becky O'Brien set a new NE record of 52'1 3/4" in winning the shot (and she also placed 2nd in the discus) and NE HS record holder David Slovenski topped 16'4 1/2".

Taking silver were Emily Jones (Harvard MA) in the two mile at 10:22.40, Victoria Flowers (Providence) in the hammer - 167'10" - and Newton Center Athletics in the 4 x 1 mile at 20:37.51. Jones returned to anchor her Bromfield team to third in the 4 x mile, with Rhode Islanders Thomas Davis (E.Greenwich) and Meaghan McGovern (N.Kingston RI) both bronze in the respective hammers.

Big news out of the meet was a new national HS record in the 2 mile, the 8:34.40 by Californian German Hernandez breaking a 29 year old standard.

At Junior Nationals, conditions were windy and affected some performances. The aforementioned Barbiasz was 4th in the high jump (6'11") while O'Brien was 2nd in the shot with the exact same distance - and will be on the team for the World Junior Championships later this summer. Also making the team was Danbury CT's Donn Cabral in the 10,000 (2nd, 30:50.28).

Other top finishers included Mike Lauro (World's Longest Throw/RI) 6th, hammer, 202-5; Crystal Bourque (URI), 7th, hammer, 170-5; Leigh Petranoff (WLT/Cranston RI), javelin, 9, 137'8:; Theodore Vrountis, Northeastern, 10K, 9, 32:08.81, Dan Withrow (BU), discus, 10, 166'6. MA state mile champ Omar Aden (Charlestown) was 6th among qualifiers for the 1500 final (3:54.21, among top 10 HS times for the year) and placed 13th in the final (4:01.86)

Plenty of stories, pictures, and results are found at the resource for high school TF, dyestat.com. Junior Nationals results are posted at usatf.org.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPICS AT FITCHBURG STATE ON SATURDAY

The USATF-NE Junior Olympic championship will run at Fitchburg State College on Saturday. The top 6 advance to the July 11-13 Regional meet in New York.

Info and Entry can be found at the Track page - it's suggested to enter early to avoid lines and delays on site.

 

Shauneen Garrahan (Amherst MA) set a new meet record in the steeplechase (10:13.33) and bettered the Olympic Trials 'B' standard. (Photo: Tom Derderian)
Shauneen Garrahan (Amherst MA) set a new meet record in the steeplechase (10:13.33) and bettered the Olympic Trials "B" standard.
Photo: Tom Derderian

DONOGHUE, GARRAHAN MEET OLY TRIAL STANDARDS AT NE TF CHAMPIONSHIP
June 15, Waltham MA

Rebecca Donohue and Shauneen Garrahan met the US Olympic Trial qualifying standards at the USATF-NE Track and Field Championship meet on Sunday at Bentley College. Rains before noon became overcast skies and temperature were in the mid-60's, not prime for the sprint crowd but ideal for the longer distances.

Garrahan, former All-American at Amherst College, ran a solo race over the barriers and water, clocking 10:13.33 - a new meet record. The effort found her collapse to the track after crossing the finish line. She was able to return later in the evening to pace the opening few laps for Donoghue (new balance Boston), who nearly lapped the entire field in attaining the Trials time. Both met the B" standard, meaning they'll have to wait til declarations to see if they are in the final entry field of 32.

Top mark on the field was by former Northeastern record holder Zara Northover who also etched her name onto the meet record list with her win at 53'2 1/4" in the shot put; she's in line for a berth on the Jamaican Olympic team.

Everad Samuels bettered the existing Men 50-54 US record in the 200 meters with a 22.77 clocking. A number of other races produced spirited competition.

Full results are at the Track page, as is the updated summer schedule - still plenty of meets left to participate in.


 

NEW ENGLAND TF CHAMPS AT BENTLEY ON SUNDAY
June 12

The USATF-NE Track and Field Championship meet runs this Sunday, June 15, at Bentley College in Waltham MA. Day of event registration begins at 3:00 p.m., with competition running 4-7 pm. There are no qualifying standards.

Find the entry and schedule at Info is at www.usatfne.org/track. There is no postponement date.


 

DICK BEARDSLEY TO SPEAK AT WHIRLAWAY
June 12

Marathon legend Dick Beardsley will speak at the Whirlaway Running Center in Methuen MA on Wedenesday evening, June 18.

The runner-up in the 1982 Boston Marathon's epic battle, Beardsley had other major successes until a work injury led to a variety of other problems that he has battled through.

There is no admission charge for the presentation. Whirlaway is located at 500 Merrimack Street in Methuen, just off of I-93 and Rt. 213. Call 978-688-8356 for more info and directions.

 

COACHES ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES LOCALS
June 9

Heading into this weekend's NCAA Division I National Championships, the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association have announced their top athletes and coaches for the outdoor season in nine Division I regions across the country, and the list includes two New England based coaches and three athletes.

Robyne Johnson of Boston University is Women's Head Coach of the year for the Northeast Region. Johnson's Terriers won the America East Conference women's title for the first time since 1993 and qualified three women for the NCAA Championships. She just completed her third year as director of track and field and cross country at BU.

The Southeast Region Women's Head Coach honoree is Ron Grigg of Jacksonville U. The Sharon MA native, and former hurdler for U.Mass-Dartmouth and assistant coach at Wheaton, is in his sixth season as Jacksonville's head coach, as the Dolphins won their third straight Atlantic Sun Conference women's championship and finished eighth at the NCAA East Region meet.

Athlete honorees are all track runners - Sean QuigleyAndrew Wheating, and Danette Doetzel.

The Mid-Atlantic Athlete of the Year, LaSalle University's Quigley is the leading qualifier for this weekend's 10,000 with his 28:03.72, and he ranks second in the 5000 at 13:30.25 (though he'll only run the later at NC's). Quigley is a senior out of Archbishop Williams HS and Braintree MA.

West Region Track honoree Wheating, a sophomore from Norwich VT, had an undefeated season for U.Oregon in the 800 meters. Victories included the NCAA West Regional and Pacific-10 Championships (a 1:46.83 personal best). Earlier in the season, he clocked the fastest collegiate 1500 meters for 2008 (3:38.60) and became the first Vermont native to break four minutes in the mile.

Doetzel, women's Track AOY in the Northeast, is a senior at Providence College via Canada. She won the 10,000 at the Big East Championships in 33:27.64, an NCAA automatic qualifyier and also qualified in the 5000 meters with a 5th at the NCAA East Regional.

 

STATE HS RECORDS SET IN RI
June 7

Despite the sweltering conditions, the Rhode Island state high school championships produced five new all-state records on Saturday.
In the boys results, Andrew Springer (Westerly) broke a 23 year old standard in the 1500 with his 3:55.05 winning time, while Jacob Mathews (Middletown) became the first Ocean Stater to clear 15'0" in the pole vault.

The girls' summaries saw Micky Jusme (Providence Classical) break her own triple jump mark with a 39'8 1/4" three step. On the track, two winning fully automatic times were recorded that are intrinsically better than the hand-times listed as state bests. Didi Jusme (Classical) cruised the 300 hurdles in 44.69 (44.6 listed record) and Alexa Monti (E.Greenwich) sped 12.12 in the 100 (12.0 record).

 

MILLER, NEDEAU TOP FIELD, TRAILS AT NORTHFIELD
June 7, Northfield MA

Mark Miller and Amy Nedeau led the second largest field in the history of the Northfield mountain up and over the mountain in the USATF-NE Trail Championship on Saturday morning. A low fog kept the sun from breaking through and kept temperatures in the 60's to low 70's but the air thick for most of the race. The footing was dry, the field fast, and many personal bests and several age group and course records were broken.

Miller (Mizuno / Keene NH), no stranger to steep hills with his history at the nearby Bridge of Flowers race, posted the second fastest time run ever run (35:47) on the 6.5 mile (10.3 km) loop course first run in 2006. Miller and 2008 Road Race Grand Prix leader Ryan Carrara (New Balance Boston) had a back and forth race with Carrara leading through the summit water stop (3.8 miles) after climbing over 900' and Miller pulling away during the 2.7 mile descent. Justin Fyffe rounded out the top three taking 3:31 off of his time from last year; he currently tops the USATF-NE La Sportiva mountain circuit scoring.

Nedeau (BAA/Belchertown MA), a proficient track and cross country runner who won Mt.Wachusett two weeks earlier, ran the early miles just outside of the top 15 overall and powered to a course record of 41:12 which took over three minutes off of Kelli Lusk's record from 2007. Nedeau ran unopposed, finishing close to 3 minutes ahead of Chrisy Carrara (New Balance Boston-44:08), and another minute ahead of teammate Lara Johnson (45:13), the latter clocking the third and fourth fastest times ever, respectively.

Other impressive performances include Tim Van Orden (CMS-38:26) setting a 40+ CR by 57 seconds (8th overall), and race director Dave Dunham (39:22) also slipped under the old record. Martin Tighe (Tuesday Nite Turtles) made it three for three on the circuit and knocked 41 seconds off of the old record (16th overall, 40:52) in the 50+ with an excellent 42:12 while on the ends, Max Thomas (WMM) set a new record for Junior men (under age 20) with his time of 45:00 and Vincent Rivard (NMC) broke the 60+ course record by nearly a minute in 50:33, that division having a strong 17 finishers.

On the ladies side, 14 year old Felicia Lombardi (GCS Triad) broke the existing junior record by 1:26 with her 53:12, and dependable Lisa Doucett (CSU) made her third win of the year a record by over half a minute in 52:34. Winners in the 40+ and 60+ divisions were Nancy Cook and Laura Clark

The race, under the direction of Dave Dunham from the first year, could not be held without the efforts of the volunteer crew he assembled including wife Cathy, and mom and dad Art and Regina Dunham, not to mention the clean-up crew who re-ran the 6.5 miles to pick up nearly 400 marking flags.

The series has a two week break (Mt.Washington running on June 21) and will resume on June 28 at Mt. Cranmore. Follow the series at the Mountain/Trail page.

 

BARBIASZ UPS STATE RECORD AGAIN
June 7

Milford NH senior Dwight Barbiasz upped the state scholastic record in the high jump for the second week in a row, scaling 7'1" at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions at U.N.H. on Saturday. The height is the highest cleared by a New England high schooler in over 10 years.

Barbiasz will be competing at the USA Junior Championships the weekend of June 19-22 in Columbus OH, vying for a spot on the US Junior Team. But first, can he raise the bar again at this Saturday's New England HS meet at Thornton Academy in Saco Maine (10 a.m. start)? Check results after the meet.

 

BARBIASZ NH STATE RECORD 7' IN HIGH JUMP
May 31, Pennacook NH

Senior Dwight Barbiasz of Milford High School established a New Hampshire state high school record in the high jump at the Class I meet held at Merrimack Valley HS in Pennacook on Saturday by leaping 7'0". The senior broke the 15 year old mark of 6'10" set by Dan Plurde of Newfound in 1993.

Four of six NE states can now boast a state record of over 7'. The New England outdoor best was achieved by Greg Gonsalves (Falmouth MA) in 1980, soaring 7'2 1/2" (and having cleared 7'3" indoors in 1981). Other state seven-foot records: RI, 7'1", Dave Arundel, (S.Kingstown), 1997; CT, 7'1/4", Omar Braswell (Hartford) and Shammett Hamer (Hillhouse), both 1994.

Two additional all-state records were established by girls at the NH Class L meet in Concord on Friday; Bree Robinson of Pinkerton erased one of the Granite State's oldest marks by spanning 19'4 1/2" in the long jump (former mark: Tina Guerin, Concord, 18'11 1/2", 1977) and Lindsey Patterson of Timberlane skied 11'7" in the pole vault to better a 2 year old standard (Rita Ciambra, Hanover, 11'4 3/4", 2006).

All will be competing at the NH Meet of Champions at UNH on Saturday. The other New England states also hold their state-wide champioship meet this weekend, with the New England HS championships scheduled for Thornton Academy in Saco Maine on June 14.

 

COMPETITIVE RACES AT RHODY 5K CHAMPIONSHIP
JUne 1

Race three in the 2008 USATF New England Grand Prix returned to the redesigned and renamed Twin River entertainment facility (formerly Lincoln Park) after a year away, but a warm sunny day on a shadeless and almost perfectly flat course made for competitive races in all categories. And over seven hundred runners crossed the finish on the dog track before digging into one of the deepest refreshment lines in New England.

New England native Pat Moulton, in the area for a break before heading back to Michigan- based Hansons-Brooks Distance project, broke away after two miles to win in 14:. New Yorker Paul Mwangi out of New York held off challenges for second place overall and first master, relegating the New England Champion title to the BAA's Terry Shea. Backed by Wilson Perez and Matt Carter, the Boston Athletic Association scored a solid open team victory, their third of the season.
Women's New England champion Kristen Coon (New Balance Boston), most recently successful on the track and cross country trails, moved strongly through the race to record her first NE road title in 17:23, second overall behind Claudia Camargo of Connecticut. A dense team gave the BAA matching team wins, the women a minute plus up on Merrimack Valley.

In the age groups, Kent Lemme took a second straight win (14th overall) and led his Gr.Springfield Harriers to their first M40 team title in years. Mimi Fallon (BAA) was back in the women's 40+ winners' circle (13th), with places 2-7 finishing in a row at 23rd on; Whirlaway repeated team honors. With Norm Larson (GMAA) not present, the 50+ win went to 2007 champ Dave Oliver (GLRR), with teammate Bill Dixon at age 61 the second finisher over 50. Dixon mastered Larry Olsen by a half minute and the TVFR Legend was 5th over 50. BAA Bill Riley was the class of the M70 class.
Marge Bellisle (CMS) and Patty Foltz (GLRR) had one and two minute margins, respectively, to win the W50 and W60 groups, CMS taking the 50+ team.
Whirlaway swept the 40+ team titles, Greater Lowell men and CMS women took the 50+ group, and GCS Triad was the best over-60 trio.

The series has 8 weeks til it makes a return to scenic Newburyport for the 48th annaul 10 Mile. Info is at www.yankeerace.com.

 

GUILLEMETTE, CARDI PACE PACK UP PACK
June 1, Wilton NH

The number of runners competing in the La Sportiva USATF NE mountain series continues to grow as a record 277 finishers completed the Pack Monadnock 10 mile run from Wilton, NH to the summit of Pack Monadnock on Sunday. This broke the record of 227 from 2007.

First to the top of Pack Monadnock was Glen Guillemette (Narragansett RI), winning in 1:05:52. Glen was also top master, his time the 3rd fastest time ever for a 40+ runner trailing only Craig Fram's two efforts. The winning margin was 44 seconds over Justin Fyffe of Gate City Triad. Martin Tighe took his second straight series win in the 50+ division, breaking mountain-ace Keith Woodward's 50+ course record by 31 seconds to place 8th overall in 1:10:43.

Tara Cardi took the victory on the women's side with a 1:15:35 which ranks seventh fastest all-time, and with it the overall women's series lead. Master Simonetta Piergentili (Whirlaway) chased her up, taking second place overall in the second fastest time ever for 40+ women (1:18:27). Lisa Doucett (CSU) topped 50+ finishers for the second straight week in 1:33:35.

Thanks to GCS Triad for hosting the challenging road run. The series continues on Saturday at the up-and-down Northfield (MA) Mountain Race. See the mountain-trail page for information and series results.

 

OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP AT BENTLEY COLLEGE JUNE 15
May 29

After a month's search, the open outdoor championship on June 15 has found a site at Bentley College in Waltham MA. The facility is the site of the Boston High Performance Meets.

Because of limitations, there are several event that cannot be held there, but this is the only site we were able to access on short notice. There will be no hammer, javelin, high jump, or pole vault; separate competitions in those events may be held elsewhere after (hammer on June 21 at the JO meet).

The meet info and entry will be available at www.usatfne.org/track this weekend.

 

PELLETIER TAKES THIRD STRAIGHT VERMONT CITY MARATHON
May 25, Burlington VT

Matt Pelletier (Running Heritage/Warwick RI) won his third straight KeyBank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Pelletier, who set a personal best at the distance at the US Olympic Trials race in New York City last November, ran 2:20:43 to win by 2 1/2 minutes. Michael Wardian of Virginia won the "king of agony" award, as he finished second for the fourth consecutive year.

A 'three-peat' was not in the cards for Heidi Westerling (BAA/Acworth NH); just five weeks after the US Women's Olympic Trials Marathon in Boston, the three time New England champ placed third behind women's winner Caroline Chemwolo of Kenya (2:47:38).

This was the 20th annual running of the event. Stories can be found at the Burlington Free Press site.

 

GRAYTOCK, NEDEAU OPEN MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT WITH WINS
May 24, Princeton MA

Ryan Carrara (new balance Boston) and Amy Nedeau (BAA) took honors at the first event of the 2008 LaSportiva USATF-NE Mountain Running Series, the Mt.Wachusett Run.

Records were frequent on the women's side. Nedeau's time of 29:13, a half minute up on BAA teammate Carly Graytock was a new record by 11 seconds - and good for 20th overall. Mountain circuit stalwart Lisa Doucett (CSU) set a new F50-59 record by 51 seconds with her 36:48, and Barbara Robinson became the first women 70+ to ever finish the race (47:38). W40 winner Barbara McManus is now #5 on the all time masters list (31:42), and W60 champ Betsy Gonnerman ran the second best division time (41:29).

Carrara, the USATF-NE 1/2 Marathon Champion, had the same winning margin as the women's leader did, taking the measure of mountain vet Kevin Tilton in 25:21. Masters course record holder Craig Fram was M40 winner, just off 16 seconds off the record in 26:41, leading an assault on the masters all-time list, the results producing the 3-4-8th best times up the hill. Martin Tighe (29:02) was just 11 seconds off the M50 record with his age group win, while Sumner Brown (M60, 33:19) and Frank Hurt (M70, 44:10) are now among the races's top 5.

Eric Smith now has the longest finisher streak at 19 consecutive series event finishes, followed by Ray Boutotte (16) and a quartet at 13. Of the record 338 finishers, 122 finishers were USATF members eligible for series scoring.

Currently Standings and story will be posted shortly at the Mountain/Trail page.

 

LASPORTIVA / NE MOUNTAIN RUNNING CIRCUIT OPENS THIS WEEKEND
May 23

The thirteenth annual USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit takes off with the Mt.Wachusett Run-Up on Saturday. The 4.3 mile run -up begins at 9:30 a.m. at the ski lodge in Westminster MA.

It's the first of the six races, a mixture of all-uphill and up -and-down courses. The 2007 Circuit saw a big increase in participation, with some races seeing a 100% increase in participants from the 2006 races. This is due in no small part to the fact that now runners who finish all 6 races and are USATF members receive a lottery bypass to the next year's Mount Washington Road Race. They also receive the coveted "Mountain Goat" t-shirt.

Hammer Nutrition has signed on as a product sponsor. Hammer will be supplying over $3500 worth of Hammer Gel and HEED Sports drink to the 6 races in the Mountain Circuit.
"One of the great things about the LaSportiva USATF-NE Mountain Circuit is that it not only exposes runners to a wide variety of mountain races, it also does it at a bargain price," said Paul Kirsch, USATF-NE Mountain Ultra Trail Chair. "You can run all six races for less than $100. That's a great bargain. We can only keep costs down at races through the generosity of our sponsors, like LaSportiva and Hammer Nutrition."

Besides Hammer's support, LaSportiva provides over $3000 in cash, prizes and advertising support for the circuit.

Links to all six 2008 series races, news, and pictures can be found at www.usatfne.org/trail.

 

NEW US MASTERS RECORD FOR SAMUELS
May 16

Almost missed in results a week ago was the new pending USA Men's 50+ record by Everad Samuels (Boston MA) set at the New Balance Qualifying Challenge in New York City. The double-M45 winner at age 49 in this year's USA Indoor Masters Championships back in March, "Sam" cruised the half-lap in 22.66 into a 0.9 headwind. The Reggie Lewis Center shift supervisor broke the old M50 mark by .06 set in 2002 by masters legend Bill Collins of Texas.

The meet results and schedule for the rest of the summer at the stadium at www.icahnstadium.org.

 

NDAYA, REILLY LEAD 6K FIELDS
May 6

Ben Ndaya and Stephanie Reilly paced the pack at Sunday's Medical Center 6K in Nashua NH, the second stop on the 2008 Grand Prix. There were records for both numbers and times as the results found over 600 finishers in the first time championship event. The previous course record was eclipsed by the first 27 men, and the first 7 women broke the distaff standard.

Ndaya, the 2007 USATF-NE series runner-up now competing for Retailers Union (RUN), edged teammate Casey Moulton by three seconds in 18:20. Third finisher Ben Schmeckpeper (BAA) was just one more tick down, and led the BAA to their second straight GP win of the year.
Reilly, also representing RUN, clocked a 20:41 for a half-minute bulge on New Bedford winner Heidi Westerling (BAA), who was just three weeks off the Olympic Trials - as were the next two across the line, Brett Ely (BAA) and Caroline Bjune (MVS). The latter paced the Merrimack Valley squad to a close win over the BAA and Greater Boston, all three within 1:10.

Master wins went to Kent Lemme (GSH) - 10th overall - and Chrissy Anderson (WRT), her first division win. Norm Larson (GMAA) again dominated the 50+ division as did Bill Dixon (GLRR) in the 60's and Harry Carter (GCST) in the M70 class, while Carol Hurley (CMS) and Patty Foltz (GLRR) headed the W50 and W60 groups.
Whirlaway swept the 40+ team titles, Greater Lowell men and CMS women took the 50+ group, and Cambridge Sports Union topped the six-decaders.

The next event is another short distance event, the Rhody 5K at Twin Rivers in Lincoln RI. Check the details at www.rhody5k.com.

 

GRAND PRIX RESUMES SUNDAY IN NASHUA
May 6

The USATF-NE Grand Prix gets back into action this Sunday, May 11, at the Medical Center 6K in Nashua NH. This is a first time championship event, and all preparation points to a quality event. Clubs are reminded that all team scorers must have current USATF membership before the race. The same applies to , individual scorers and prize money winners.

A USATF table will be set up at registration to take care of last minute memberships, and will have entry forms for the June 1 Rhody 5K.
The 6K entry form and information are at www.medicalcenter6k.com.

 

OFFICE CLOSED MAY 6-12
May 2

The New England office will be closed Tuesday May 6 through Monday, May 12, as the staff will be representing the USA at team manager at the World Race Walk Cup in Russia.

There will be no membership, club, sanction, or insurance services available during that period. This website will be updated with any local news, and there will be representation at the May 11 Medical Center 6K NE Championship.

 

NE OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP SITE TO CHANGE
May 1

The USATF New England Open Outdoor Championship meet scheduled for June 15 is looking for a new site; MIT will be putting in a new artificial turf infield starting June 1 and no meets will be held this summer after that date. That will also affect the Bay State Games Final.

Check our track schedule for updates on new locations.

 

VERMONT'S WHEATING SUB-4:00 IN OREGON
April 25, Eugene OR

Andrew Wheating (U.Oregon / Norwich VT) thrilled a crowd of 6,875 at Historic Hayward Field with a kick to win the mile at the Oregon Relays in 3:58.16. The time dropped his personal best from 4:04.77, and made him the first native Vermonter / Vermont HS alum to run a sub-4:00 mile. All six New England states now have a high school product who has run under the magic mark.

The sophomore from Kimball Union Academy and Norwich VT (coached by legendary Jeff Johnson) held on to win by half a second, running the 11th fastest time in the storied university's all-time history. Primarily a soccer player in high school, he won the 2005 USA National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship held at Bryant College in Rhode Island. In his first full season in track in 2006, he had ranked fourth nationally in 1,500m at 3:54.28, a quality time but not totally indicative of his big breakthrough this season.

 

OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS HIGHLIGHT SHOW TO AIR SUNDAY APRIL 27
April 25

On a spectacular Sunday morning in Boston, the top female marathoners in the United States put forth an historic performance. Deena Kastor, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, and Blake Russell captured the three spots on the U.S. Olympic Team for the women's marathon and as a result, their next marathon will be run through the streets of Beijing as they compete in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Fans can watch the race again (or for the first time) as a one-hour highlight show of the event will air on Sunday, April 27 on MSNBC from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. The show will be the premier episode in a series highlighting a number of Olympic Trials events leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games in August. The Olympic Trials online and over the air broadcast is a joint production of the USOC, Boston Athletic Association, NBC Sports and USA Track & Field.

 

BOSTON MARATHON SHOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
April 25

If you were unable to watch last Monday's Boston Marathon, you can still watch it at www.wcsn.com. In fact, the entire broadcast of the race will be archived there for 12 months, race organizers announced today. There is no charge for viewing this video, thanks to sponsorship support from adidas, an official race sponsor, and MarathonGuide.com.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC REGION I SITE/DATE TO CHANGE
April 25

Due to a mandate from the national Youth Committee, the Region I Junior Olympic Meet date will be changed from the end of June date that was originally posted; it will move to either July 5-6 or July 12-13, and it will also not be in the New England association due to the required date change. We apologize for the late notice.

 

BLAKE, DUCLOS TOP LOCALS IN 112TH BOSTON MARATHON
April 21

Eric Blake and Kim Duclos were the top New England finishers in Monday's B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Nearly 22,000 completed the eastward trek from Hopkinton to Boston, with ideal weather for much of the race. Overall winner Robert Cheruiyot hammered an uphill 4:37 from miles 18-19 to break his competition to secure a fourth Boston win in 2:07:46, a feat matched only by Bill Rodgers, Gerard Cote, and Clarence Demar. The closest finish in race history occurred in the women's race where Ethiopian Dire Tune outsprinted Russian Alvetina Biktimirova by just 2 seconds for the bigger trophy - and bigger check.

Blake, a member of the host Boston Athletic Association (and out of New Britain CT) was 23rd in the men's results and clocked 2:24:30; that contributed to the club effort as the BAA won the open men's team championship. Blake was just one place ahead of Dan Vassallo (MVS/Wilmington MA), youngest finisher in the top 25 at age 22 (2:25:10).
The US women's field was obviously thinned due to the Olympic Trials, but that takes nothing from the performance of Duclos (CMS/Worcester MA), who was second American across the line, and 17th overall, in a strong PR 2:49:31. Like Blake, the performance led her Central Mass Striders to a team win (Open Women).

Top local Master on the women's side was two time Olympian Cathy O'Brien (Durham NH) in 2:59:21, 51st overall/7th 40+. Men's masters were paced by Chris Spinney (Whirlaway/Arlington MA) at 2:39:05 - just one place ahead of winner of the M50 divsion, Norm Larson (Green Mt.AA/Burlington VT) in a sharp 2:39:13!
Whirlaway Racing Team continued their successes in masters team scoring, placing second in both the Men's Masters and Women's Masters divisions.

Marathon results in many forms for every participant is at www.bostonmarathon.org.

 

ENMAN PACES LOCALS AT OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS
April 20

Two time NE marathon champ Heid Westerling was one of six BAA runners in the Olympic Marathon Trials. (Mike Scott photo)
Two time NE marathon champ Heidi Westerling was one of six BAA runners in the Olympic Marathon Trials
(Mike Scott photo)

2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor lived up to her favorite status going in, but it was frontrunning Magelina Lewy Boulet who made the 2008 US Olympic Team Trails for the Women's Marathon a memorable race on Sunday. Breaking away from the field in the first half mile with a specific time goal in mind, Lewy Boulet built a lead of up to 2 minutes over the first three laps of the four loop course, and forced the chase pack to put it all on the line to be among the first three across the finish line.

Kastor, the US record holder, passed the leader through the Memorial Drive underpass in Cambridge just before the 24 mile mark and strode out to the win in 2:29:35. That was all the competition could muster, with Lewy Boulet home 44 seconds later in second, as former New England resident Blake Russell completed the Olympic Team roster with a 2:32:40 third place finish. Fans lined nearly the complete course on a perfect day and the criterium course and cheered for the 144 starters, and particularly for 1984 Gold Medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson (Freeport ME), the field's oldest qualifier, who ran her final "competitive" marathon and came away with a USA record for age 50+, 2:49:08, in 90th place.

First among the strong New England contingent was Kasie Enman of Huntington VT and the BAA, placing 11th among 124 finishers in a personal best 2:37:14. The BAA had five runners complete the event; two time NE Marathon champ Heidi Westerling (26th, 2:41:09), Brett Ely (34th, 2:41:54), Janelle Krause (57th, 2:45:02), and Emily Levan (67th, 2:45:45) who took a fall at 2 miles and yet continued banged and bloodied. Sheri Piers (Falmouth ME/Dirigo) was 2nd NE in 16th and a massive 9 minute PR of 2:38:46. Also among the elite were Caroline Bjune (MVS, 35th, 2:42:02), Nicole Hagopian (Hadley MA, 2;43:19), Sarah Donahue (GBTC, 69th, 2:46:17), and Kristin Barry (Dirigo, 73rd, 2:46:58); Carly Graytock (BAA) andMolly Taber (MVS) did not finish due to injury. A number of former NE runners and NE college alumna were also in the field, topped by recent New Hampshire grad Megan Hepp, 12th in 2:37:29. .

A veteran from both competitive and coaching perspectives noted that he had been to all men's and women's Olympic Trial marathons in the past 12 years, and this was without doubt the best ever. Check out full race results at www.BostonTrials2008.com.

 

WOMEN'S OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS ON SUNDAY
April 15

On Sunday, approximately 150 of the country's finest female marathoners will toe the start line in quest of one of three berths on the 2008 USA Olympic Team, as 2008 Women's Olympic Team Marathon Trials, hosted by the Boston Athletic Association, runs through Boston and Cambridge. While American record holder Deena Kastor is the favorite, a battle for the team looms behind her with the deepest field in recent Trial races.

The Trials will take place the day before the 112th Boston Marathon; the multi-loop course starts and finishes on Boylston Street, and utilizes the Boston Marathon finish line. The four loops cross the Charles River to Cambridge and run out-and-back sections along Memorial Drive similar to the Tufts 10K course. Spectators at the Memorial Drive / Mass. Ave intersections will see the runners 3 times each lap. A number of New England runners have met the qualifying standard, and this race will also be the final marathon for 1984 Gold Medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson of Freeport Maine.

Come cheer on all the runners. For detailed maps, entry lists, and more information, visit: www.BostonTrials2008.com.

 

112TH BOSTON MARATHON RUNS MONDAY
April 15

The true sign that spring has reached New England is the running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, and a capacity field of 25,000 will take to the streets in Hopkinton on Monday in the 112th edition of the classic race. The world class field and the many qualified runners will go off in a multiple "wave" start, with wheelchairs at 9:30, elite women at 9:35, the first wave including elite men at 10:00 and the second wave at 10:30.

The field filled for only the second time in history, and the expo and number pickup run for three days this year - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Another world class field will challenge for the laurel wreath, though the top US women will be contesting the USA Olympic Marathon Team Trials the day before

Remember to review the road closures if you are traveling the course from Hopkinton to Boston for any reason. All marathon info, including the way to track runners along the course, can be found at www.bostonmarathon.org.

 

RECORDS, INSPIRATION AT MASTERS NATIONALS
MASS.VELOCITY 2ND TEAM, TWILIGHT THROWERS 7TH

March 28-30, Boston

The USA Masters Indoor National Track and Field Championships returned to Boston for the 11th time in 12 years, and brought the of competition, camaraderie, and records. Nearly 800 competitors took over the Reggie Lewis Track for three days, and despite it being just a week after the World Masters Championship, a flurry of US and World records were added to the books in age groups up to 90+.

Among the top performers was Phillipa "Phil" Raschker of Marietta, Georgia, nominee for the 2008 Sullivan Award as the country's outstanding amateur athlete, who clocked 68.34 for 400 meters for a world record by 1.8 seconds in the women's 60-64 division.

Orville Rogers from Dallas set world bests for men 90 and over in both the 800 (4:19.97) and mile (9:56.58), and 40 year old Rod Jett (Sacramento CA) ran 8.21 in the 60m hurdles to shave .01 off the US record.

In the women's field events, Former Millrose Games champion Oneithea Lewis continues to rewrite age-group records throwing 53-5 in the W45 weight, while 55 year old Kay Glynn cleared 9'7" in the pole vault, both marks still college varsity quality a generation removed from school.

Local athletes were part of two records. GCS Triad members Jerry LeVasseur and Bill Spencer were half of a 4x800 relay that ran 12:09.35, a world record for men age 70-plus, and David Schlothauer of Westport MA annihilated the American record in the M90+ weight throw, tossing the 12 pound ball 32'11".

Team scoring, totaled among all age divisions, both men and women, found our local Mass. Velocity TC move up a place from last year to take second behind powerhouse Southern California - FleetFeetC, cutting the margin by over forty points; congratulations! Twilight Throwers also finished in the top 10 among the 88 scoring clubs.

The meet could not be a success held without the many officials, some who worked three full days to make the meet a memorable and efficiently-run competition. Complete results of the Championships, visit the USA Championships section of www.usatf.org. Meet photos will be posted at prettysporty.com.

 

MASTERS NATIONALS IN BOSTON THIS WEEKEND
March 27

This weekend, for the eleventh time in past twelve years, the USA Masters Indoor National Track and Field Championships will take place in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Over 750 competitors will contest a full schedule of events in age groups from 30-34 to 90-94. Dozens of US and World records have been set in this meet in the past decade, and 2008 should be no exception. Among the entrants are 18 gold medalists from the World Masters Association championships held in France a week ago.

Action begins with the pentathlon on Friday morning, and continues all day Saturday and Sunday; there is no admission to watch the meet.

Results from the 2008 USA Masters Indoor Championships will be posted daily at the Events section of www.usatf.org.

 

NEW GP SEASON BEGINS AT NEW BEDFORD
CARRARA, WESTERLING TAKE NE TITLES

March 17

The 2008 USATF-NE Grand Prix season began with a strong showing in the Whaling City at the 31st annual New Bedford 1/2 Marathon. 1664 finishers had a traffic free course on a pretty fair day for running - low 40's and light breeze.

New England champs included something old and something new. Women's winner Heidi Westerling began the series as she ended 2007 (having won the Cape Cod Marathon), her 1:14:30 the fastest time since 2000. The BAA ace led an impressive parade of the region's top female distance runners as placers 1-2-3-5-6-8-9 are all entrants in the US Olympic Team trials for the marathon running in Boston on Sunday, April 20.

Men's winner Ryan Carrara had his most successful half and ran 1:08:07 for his first individual NE championship. The New Balance Boston standout was second to New Yorker via Ethiopia Derese Deniboba (a NE runner hasn't been the overall winner since 1998). The race closed out a 100 mile week for Carrara, and he expressed confidence going into next month's Boston Marathon.

More depth among open runners was evident this year than in recent years, as first Master, Titus Mutinda (R.UN/Lowell) could only manage 30th place. Green Mountain AA runner Norm Larson had a convincing win in the 50-59 division, almost 3 minutes over'07 series winner Dave Oliver and 6th total over 40. Fellow Vermonter Bill Dixon (GLRR) was even more dominant at 60 - 4th 50+ and a 10 minute margin, and Harry Carter (GSCT) was top 70+.

Simonetta Piergentili (Whirlaway) led the masters women, with Sidney Letendre (CMS) topping the GP scoring in the 50+ division (2nd overall) and teammate Mary Ryczek taking gold in the 60+.

The Boston Athletic Association showed depth across the board in winning both the men's and women's open team scoring, with Whirlaway duplicating the feat for masters 40+. Greater Lowell (M50+), GCS Triad (M60+) and CMS (W50+) completed club honors.

The second series race will runs May 11 at the Medical Center 6K in Nashua NH.
Check the team and individual standings after one event.

 

COLLEGE NATIONALS
FIND NEW ENGLANDERS IN MIX

March 13-14

Three divisions of NCAA Collegiate Championships took place around the country last weekend on Friday and Saturday, with successes by both local collegians and transplanted high school products.

The Division I championship, regularly the most competitive indoor event of the season, returned to Arkansas results had local talent scoring hard-earned top 8 finishes - all-American honors. Running in two events, Sean Quigley (Braintree MA/Abp.Williams HS) of Lasalle University doubled his awards of 2007 as he placed third in the 5000 and seventh in the 3000. In the women's 3000, Ari Lambie (Harvard MA / Stanford) and Marisa Ryan (Boston U) were third and fifth, respectively; Lambie also anchored the Stanford distance medley relay to third. Boston U's Tahari James was sixth in the triple jump (44'1/2" PR) and Harvard's Becky Christiansen matched that placing in the high jump (6'0").

The Division II meet at Mankato (MN) State had several New England athletes in the all-American listings. UMass Lowell had eighth places by Olive Thibou in the triple jump, and by their distance medley relay. On the men's ledger, Stonehill and Lowell finished 5-6 in the distance medley, with Kevin Gill placing sixth in the mile.

Results from the Division III at Ohio Northern found six victors from New England colleges, including a pair from Keene State (NH) College - Jennifer Adams in the 5000 (16:58.71) and Kristin Blamy (Keene State) in the high jump (5'7.75"). Other NE gold went to Tufts in the women's distance medley (moving up one place from 2007, 11:46.79), a repeat win by Salem State's Eddie Bynum in the 55 meters (6.25), and wins by Jonathan Garcia (UMass Dartmouth, 55 hurdles, 7.46), and Noah Gauthier (Bates, weight, 63'1.5").

Links to all of these various meet results are at www.trackandfieldnews.com.

 

SCHOLASTIC NATIONALS CLOSES HS INDOOR
WITH LOCAL HONORS

March 13-14

The pair of scholastic national meets ended the HS outdoor season (is outdoors really only two weeks away?) with a plethora of quality marks by NE association athletes including national titles.

At the Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover MD, Rhode Island weight throwers won both the girls' and boys' competitions. Victoria Flowers scored yet another big mark to win, her 61'2" only surpassed by her 62'2" HS record set of the season set on March 3. Michael Guava (Warwick RI) surprised the field with a win in 73'5 1/4". Other top 5 finishers down south included Russell Dinkins (Wilbraham-Monson, 400, 3rd, 49.32), Patrick Onye (Providence, weight, 3rd, 70'7 1/4"), Dwight Barbiasz (Milford NH, high jump, 4th, 6'8 1/4", 4th), and Thomas Davis (E.Greenwich RI, weight, 4th, 67'8").

That meet moves up to the Reggie Lewis Center for a three year run starting in 2009.

Closer to home, the National Scholastic Indoor at the New York City Armory drew a larger NE crowd. Flowers made it two national titles for the weekend with a spin of 62'1/2", just short of a third record this season. Woburn (MA) boys passed the stick in the 4 x 400 in 3:19.16 to win (and returned for a 4th in the sprint medley).
Local girls results among the top 5 were Keeley McGuire (Triton, MA, mile, 5th, 4:56.13) and Newton Centre Athletics (4x800 4th 9:16.27 and 4x1600 5th 20:52.48).

Boys honor winners included Andrew Powell (Charlton MA, pentathlon, 3rd, 3554, and HJ, 5th, 6'7"), Omar Aden (Charlestown MA, mile, 4th 4:13.20), Bill Godfrey (Merrimack NH, 800, 5th, 1:53.24), Michael McPherson (Mansfield MA, shot, 4th, 55'6 1/2"), Patrick Onye (Providence, weight, 3rd, 68'8"), Dominic Filiano (Lebanon NH, shot, 5th, 55'5") Brookline MA (Distance Medley, 5th, 10:23.42) and Belmont MA (4x800, 5th, 3:22.89).

Also of note, though only a HS event in RI, Conor McCullough (CA) demolished the boys weight record, pushing it out to a staggering 87'10 3/4"; he's the son of former BU all-American Connor McCullough.

Find stories, pictures, and links to the meets at www.dyestat.com.

 

OFFICIALS CLINICS HOSTED BY MTFOA
March 14

Interested in becoming a track and field official? The Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association (based in eastern Mass.) is hosting two clinics to introduce new and novice officials to the general points of officiating all levels of T&F events. The clinics are open to all, not just individuals living in eastern Mass.

The clinics are on Monday, March 17, at Wheaton College in Norton MA, and on Wednesday, March 19, at Tufts University in Medford MA. Times are 6:30-9:30 p.m. for each clinic; meet at the indoor track facility at each location. There is no fee for attendees. The key points of officiating most events will be covered in a rotating format.

For more information, check www.mtfoa.com.

To learn how to become a USATF official, go to usatf.org/officials.

 

MA AND RI COACHES CLINICS IN MARCH
March 6

During the short break for most coaches between the indoor and outdoor seasons, there is a chance to take advantage of some clinic opportunities around the region. Coaches' association clinics tend to cover a wide range of events in their presentations, and all coaches are welcome (not just from the state's HS ranks).

The 34th annual Massachusetts State Track Coaches Assn. clinic will take place March 14-15 (Friday afternoon/Saturday) at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham and include a pole vault coaches certification session. Find the entry at www.mstca.org or Email Mark Thornhill.

New this year on March 29 is the innaugural RI Coaches Clinic, hosted by the Ri Track and Field Foundation. The clinic is at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick, and has three sessions; Warmups and Drills, Building and Managing a HS Program, and Pole Vault. There is no fee, but there is a maximum of participants. Contact Rick Marshall at 401 295 3227.

 

MOUNT WASHINGTON ROAD RACE ENTRY OPENS
February 28

Entry for the Mount Washington Road Race opens on March 1. Event registration is totally on-line, and it is by lottery.

All race applicants, both lottery and lottery bypass, must register between March 1 and March 15. Successful selectees will be posted on March 20; there is no waiting list for non-drawn names. This year's event is the USATF National Mountain Running Championship and is one of the qualifiers for the US Team to compete at the World Mountain Trophy Race in the fall.

All information can be found at www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com. Please read all information and instructions carefully.

 

BROWN, RILEY TO REPRESENT USA AT WORLDS
February 27

Two New England HS grads will be representing the USA at the World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Spain March 7-9. Up to 2 athletes can represent a country in each event.

Russell Brown (Hanover NH HS and Lynx Elite club) and Jonathan Riley (Brookline MA HS) made the team based on their placing at the USA Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center, as well as achieving the tough qualifying standards. Brown placed second in the 1500, while Riley placed third in the 3000 with winner Matt Tegenkamp opting not to go to Worlds.

 

SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY
February 26

A dozen New England based harriers were named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team from the fall.

The award honors student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. A student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 grade point average and have completed a minimum 24 semester hours. Additionally, the student-athlete must finish in the top 15 or top ten percent at their NCAA regional meet, or receive All-American honors.

Representatives from New England schools and New England natives: Women: Jena Ridgway (Brown); Smita Gupta (Brown); Stephanie Pancoast (Cornell/Westford MA); Claire Richardson (Harvard); Arianna Lambie (Stanford/Harvard MA); Catherine Parker (New Hampshire); Lindsay Donaldson (Yale/Lincoln MA)

Men: Patrick Mellea (Boston College); Ari Zamir (Brown); Harry Norton (Dartmouth); Russell Brown (Stanford/Hanover NH); Owen Washburn (U.Texas/Amherst MA).

 

NEW ENGLANDERS RACE IN IRELAND
February 25

Two New England runners scored well at International Race Week in Northern Ireland/Ireland last week. Jeff Caron (Medford MA) and Kristen Coon (Chestnut Hill MA), both members of New Balance Boston, earned a trip to the Emerald Isle based on their finishes at the 2007 New England association cross country championship.

Competition began On Thursday at the 18th Armagh road race on a multiple loop course through the center of town. In the men's 5K race, American Christian Hesch scored a win over Irishman and Providence resident Mark Carroll as the top 4 broke the old course record and Pat Tarpy of Providence in fifth tied the old standard. Caron placed 25th in a close finish where five national teams were represented ahead of him. Women's 3K race winner was Providence College alum and Irishwoman Maria McCambridge (9:36) with Coon in 8th (top American).

Three days later, most of the same field toed the line at the 38th Ras na hEireann cross country race in Termonfeckin, County Louth. Both New England reps improved their placings on the turf with Caron moving up to 11th and Coon up to 6th. Tarpy was sixth and Carroll seventh, and seven national teams scored in the men's race, while McCambridge scored her second win of the week.

Thanks to event director Charlie Breagy for providing this opportunity to our New England runners for many years.

 

LOCAL PRODUCTS IN NATIONAL RESULTS
USA NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Boston MA, February 23-24

Despite a delayed start and some missing entrants due to storm related travel delays, the two day 2008 AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships was a competition worthy of the selection meet for the US team where the first two who had qualifying marks would wear the red, white, and blue at the coming world indoor championships. US and World leading performances, and finishes to the 1/100 second peppered the results.

Several New England resident and alumni performers left the arena with medals. Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) continued her prep for the Olympic Trials after an injury filled 2007 and was just a tick away from first in the 3000 meter race walk. The walk isn't a world indoor event, but the men's 1500 is, and recent Stanford gradRussell Brown, out of Hanover NH HS and the Lynx Elite club, ran a solid second in the 1500 tor earn a ticket to Valencia Spain for the Worlds. Brookline MA HS alum Jonathan Riley ran to bronze in the 3000, and Bp.Hendricken RI alum Jake Freeman tossed the weight for third.

U.Rhode Island's Sarah Thornton was a finalist in weight in her first USATF Championship, and improving her school record to 63'0.75".

The always popular youth 4x200 relays were won by the Cambridge Jets boys and Providence Cobras girls, while the New England states scholastic challenge 4x400 found Rhode Island girls and Connecticut boys running stellar times in exciting races.

Best local performances in the club distance medley relays were fifth by Bentley College men and third by Greater Boston TC women.

The meet concluded the USA Visa Indoor Championship Series, and Dartmouth grad ('97) Adam Nelson picked up the winner's $25,000 check for top performance of the season, his 73'6" shot put 2 weeks ago. Women's winner was two-time hurdle Lolo Jones.

The meet will return for at least one more year, having developed a following in the area. Full results at www.usatf.org

 

NEW ENGLAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HARVARD
February 24

Across town at Harvard, the USATF New England Indoor Championships drew the largest crowd in a number of years on Sunday morning. Scheduling produced the conflicting dates, but the NE meet drew a mix of clubs, colleges, and preps for a fast pace five hour meet wich finished before the Nationals got rolling, and a number of folks hit both meets.

Greater Boston TC won yet another double men's / women's team title, over the BAA (men) and Air Time Athletics (women). There was a new meet record in the men's 60 meter, Arman Dixon of Sacred Heart University running 6.70 to break the old mark by a full tenth of a second. He also won the 200. Akilah King of Brown was the only women's double winner, outdistancing competition in the long and triple jumps. David Neumann (Mass Velocity) took both special masters sprints (60 and 200) Championship results are posted at usatfne.org. Thanks to the officials and to First Time Out timing who ran a lot of bodies through the meet efficiently with a lot of bodies in t.

 

USA NATIONAL SATURDAY START DELAYED
February 22

Athletes and media are advised that several schedule changes have been put into place for competition on Saturday, February 23, at the 2008 AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

- The timetable for all Saturday events has been pushed back 2 hours, in order to accommodate travel delays from inclement weather. The first event contested on Saturday will be the women's long jump at 3:45 p.m., at the Reggie Lewis Center (the first round of the dash and hurdles have been cancelled).

 

MA HS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP POSTPONED TO MONDAY
February 22

Because of the projected storm and uncertainties with the weather, the Massachusetts HS All-State Indoor Championship meet has been postponed until Monday, February 25. The start time remains at 4:30 p.m., and the time schedule is the same.

 

TICKETS FOR USA NATIONALS AVAIALABLE
February 15

The USA Indoor Track and Field Championships return to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center February 23-24 - do you have your tickets?

Finish line tickets are $30 per day, Gold are $25, and silver are $15 per day. There is a 10% discount for USATF members. You can order yours at www.usatf.org or by calling 617-541-2451.

Group discount tickets for silver sections are $12 each for 10-19, and $10 each for 20 or more. The seating diagram is at the website.

This year's meet is the USA Team qualifier for the World Indoor Championships in March, so competition will be keen. See you there!

 

HS TRACK ACTION THIS WEEKEND
February 15

The Massachusetts HS Class Meets run this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center, Friday afternoon (4:30 - II), Saturday (9:30- III, 2:30- IV) and Sunday (1:00 - I). The Rhode Island all-state meet takes place at the University of Rhode Island on Sunday. Get on out and enjoy the action.

 

NEW ENGLAND OPEN TRACK & FIELD ENTRY AVAILABLE
February 7

The entry form for the USATF-NE Indoor Track and Field Championship is now up and available on the track page. The meet runs Sunday, February 24 at Harvard University beginning at 10:00 a. m.

A mostly complete schedule will be contested, exceptions being the 3000m walk (on Feb 16 at MIT) and the Distance Medley (at the USA Nationals race Feb 24 at the Reggie Lewis Center). Separate masters events in the 60 and 200 only this year. Find the entry at www.usatfne.org/track.

 

CAPE COD A.C. INITIATES CLUB HALL OF FAME
February 2

At their annual banquet and awards ceremony, Cape Cod Athletic Club president Bob Eckerson announced the creation of the Cape Cod Athletic Club Hall Of Fame. Current and past club members who have made significant contributions to the sports of running and triathlon and to the operations and promotion of the Cape Cod Athletic Club will now be annually honored with induction into the Hall of Fame. This year's class consisted of 15 inductees: Don Bates, Bob Borglund, Scotty Carter, John Gray, Johnny Kelley, Cathy Klim, Jeff Mello, Margie Crowell Wallace, Barry Merrill, Mike Naughton, Beth Nelson, Kevin Petrovek, Charlie Ratti, Bill Riley and Andy Rogovin. In addition to having their names displayed on a special plaque to be displayed at Hanlons Shoes in Hyannis, recipients were honored with special crystal trophies.

More information can be found at capecodathleticclub.org.

 

B.A.A. OFFERS MARATHON TRAINING SESSIONS
January 30

The Boston Athletic Association, in partnership with adidas, is coordinating four group runs/presentations for Boston-area runners. The January session is thisThursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. Come for a 4.5 mile run along the Charles River with an adidas athlete Todd Williams, 2-time U.S. Olympian, then hear his keys to marathon success as he presents "Train Like an Olympian".

All four sessions will start and finish at the CharlesMark Hotel, 655 Boylston Street, Boston, across from the Boston Marathon finish line. (Subway to Copley). The other dates are February 28 (Inside the Boston Marathon), March 27 (Predict-a-Marathon), and April 10 (The Final Tune-up).

Run with Olympian Todd Williams and other Boston Marathon entrants, try the latest in adidas running footwear, and be eligible or a raffle on adidas products, and partake in complimentary refreshments! Representatives from the B.A.A. will be available to answer your Boston Marathon-related questions.

Participation in this program and the group runs are both free, complimentary of the B.A.A. and adidas. Though not necessary, please let the BAA know you are coming by sending an email to train@baa.org.

A full description of the program and each session is at the BAA website

 

NE INDOOR 3K RACE WALK ON FEBRUARY 16
January 29

Because of a conflict with the USA National meet, the USATF-NE 3000 meter race walk championship will be contested on Saturday, February 16, at M.I.T. in Cambridge MA at 11:15 a.m.

The entry form is online at www.usatfne.org/walk

 

WORLD BEST 2 MILE AT BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
January 26

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games is the best indoor meet in the country, and the 2008 version lived up to expectations. Records are a regular occurance and several new standards were set during the show.

Petit Ethiopian Meseret Defar, who had won the 3000 the past three years, was back to challenge the 2 Mile standard this year. She hit her splits perfectly and ran off with a new world best of 9:10.50, but not without a challenge from second place finisher, former Providence College ace, New Zealander Kim Smith, who also broke the old barrier with a 9:13.94.

In the men's 3000, Australian Craig Mottram reeled off a series of 30 second laps to finish in 7:34.50 gaining a national record, as well as clocking the fastest time ever run in the USA for the event (besting that of legend Haile Gebrselassie set on the same track in 2004) by one tick.

In the women's pole vault, US champ Jen Stuczynski won and then had three unsuccessful attempts at a new US record in front of the sell-out crowd.

And some local athletes shared the excitement, with Kent Lemme (Gr.Springfield Harriers) taking the masters mile, and Cambridge Jets holding off Providence Cobras in the youth relay.

Stories and results on the Reebok Boston Indoor Games are at bostonindoorgames.com. Many of the US athletes will return in a month for the USA Championships to contest for a spot on the USA Team for the Worlds in Spain in March, but will first head to the venerable Millrose Games in New York City this Friday.

 

NIKE INDOOR HS NATIONALS COMING TO BOSTON IN 2009
January 15

After long planning and consideration, the National Scholastic Sports Foundation has made it official: It is moving the Nike Indoor Nationals meet to Boston and the Reggie Lewis Center, beginning with the 2009 meet, according to dyestat.com.

"We have always wanted to hold our meet in a facility with a banked track," said Jim Spier, Executive Director of the NSSF. "In this day and age, it is almost a necessity."

The meet was held at Reggie for several years through 1997, and has been held in Landover MD since 2001; the lack of a banked track the only thing which hinders the current site.

The other major HS indoor meet, the National Scholastic Indoor Champ's, remains at The Armory in New York City; both meets will be contested on 200 meter banked tracks.

A full press release at dyestat.com

 

100 DAYS TO WOMEN'S OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS
January 11

Just 100 days remain until the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials in Women's Marathon on the streets of Boston and Cambridge. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 20, the day before the 112th Boston Marathon.

Approximately 170 qualified athletes - including a number of current and native New Englanders - have met the 2:47:00 qualifying standard, the fastest since the trials' inception in 1984. A press release has just announced the prize money purse, totalling $250,000 covering the top 15 places.

The course is a 4 loop circuit that runs through the finish line of the Boston Marathon each circuit, which will afford the opportunity to see the competitors at multiple locations during the race. A map and video tour of the course, along with regularly updated news, can be found at bostontrials2008.com

 

NEW ENGLANDERS EARN TOP 10 RANKINGS
January 1

A number of New England athletes earned top 10 positions in the annual USA rankings for 2007 from Track and Field News, the "Bible of the Sport". Rankings take into account honors won, head to head competitions, and lastly, absolute performances.

Greater Boston TC had a pair of rankers in javelin thrower Sean Furey (Methuen MA) - 7th - and triple jumper Sherita Williams (Providence) - 10th. Highest local individual ranker was Joanne Dow (Manchester NH/NEWalkers), 4th in the 20k race walk. Women's 10,000 found Amy Rudolph in 6th, while November athlete of the month Nate Jenkins (Lowell MA) was 8th in the marathon. Ranking 9th in the US for the year were Mike Kazmierczak (URI) in the 20K race walk and Amy Mortimer in the 1500.

Three collegians out of NE high schools ranked, those being Russell Brown (Hanover NH/Stanford) 7th in the 1500, Ari Lambie (Harvard MA/Stanford) 9th, 5000, and Heidi Nadeau (Winnecunnet HS NH/Penn State), 10th in the javelin,

Several New England HS and college products who are now training elsewhere earned rankings, topped by the #1 ranking of Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA HS) in 5000 and 2nd in the 1500. Kate O'Neill (Milton MA/Yale) also ranked twice, 2nd in the marathon and 7th in the 10,000. Other rankers included Krystal Yush (NH HS/UVermont) 2nd, hammer; Anna Willard (Brown) 3rd, steeplecase; Liz Wanless (Bates College) 5th, shot put; Bethany Hart (Townsend MA/UConn) 6th, hammer; and Beth Castagno (Wheaton College) 10th, high jump.

Alumni rankers on the men's side: Jake Freeman (Bp.Hendricken RI HS) 4th, hammer; Jonathan Riley (Brookline MA) 5th, 5000; Said Ahmed (Boston HS), 6th, 1500; Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Brookline MA/Dartmouth), 7th, Decathlon; Elliott Blount (BAA/UConn) 8th, 800.

For all US and World rankings for 2007, go to trackandfieldnews.com